Trimpin: The Sound of Invention

Overview

Trimpin (born Gerhard Trimpin) is a singular musician and artist who uses computer technology, found objects, conventional and retrofitted musical instruments and an unfettered imagination to create remarkable sound sculptures and musical compositions that no one else can reproduce. Influenced by Conlon Nancarrow, the experimental composer who used player pianos to perform compositions that were beyond the limitations of human musicians, Trimpin has designed and constructed machines than can "play" a variety of ...
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Overview

Trimpin (born Gerhard Trimpin) is a singular musician and artist who uses computer technology, found objects, conventional and retrofitted musical instruments and an unfettered imagination to create remarkable sound sculptures and musical compositions that no one else can reproduce. Influenced by Conlon Nancarrow, the experimental composer who used player pianos to perform compositions that were beyond the limitations of human musicians, Trimpin has designed and constructed machines than can "play" a variety of instruments, and using MIDI programming he's constructed towers of self-tuning and strumming electric guitars, kettledrums that create effects no percussionist can match, makeshift marimbas made from rescued wooden shoes, and droning glass spheres that can seemingly hold a note forever. A major part of Trimpin's constructions is his care in how they react with the acoustics of their environment, so conventional recording techniques cannot accurately document most of his works, but while only a small handful of music buffs have heard his pieces, he's developed a small but passionate following and has collaborated with Nancarrow and the Kronos Quartet. Filmmaker Peter Esmonde presents a look into the creative world of a true original with the documentary Trimpin: The Sound of Invention, which received its world premiere at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2011
  • UPC: 880198126795
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Source: Microcinema
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:17:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Peter Esmonde Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer
Michael Chandler Editor
Nick Doob Cinematographer
James LeBrecht Sound/Sound Designer
Gabriel Miller Cinematographer
Conlon Nancarrow Score Composer
Philip Perkins Score Composer
Rick Tejada-Flores Editor
Trimpin Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Trimpin: The Sound of Invention
1. Open + Scrapyard [2:43]
2. Studio + Klompen [7:48]
3. Childhood in the Black Forest [4:21]
4. Kronos: Smashing a Violin [4:22]
5. Scores, Blueprints + Piano Rolls [9:21]
6. Memories of Germany [5:27]
7. Seismofon [5:18]
8. Kronos: In Trimpin's Studio [5:08]
9. A Perpetual Motion Machine [5:03]
10. Fire + Water [3:39]
11. The Electric Guitar Tower [6:48]
12. Kronos: Final Rehearsals [6:01]
13. 4cast: Unpredictable [6:11]
14. A Lifetime Investigation [1:59]
15. End Credits [2:11]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Trimpin: The Sound of Invention
   Play
   Audio Setup
      Stereo
      Surround 5.1
   Chapters
   Extras
      Deleted Scenes
         Trimpin Visits the Instrumentarium
         The Bats Are the Composers
         Trimpin's Assistants
         Who I'm Addressing?
      Blueprints Gallery
      Posters
      Trailers
         All-Purpose Teaser Trailer
         Trumpin + the Guitar Tower
         Trumpin + Kronos Quartet
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