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Trimpin: The Sound of Invention

Documentary Feature, Documentary Competition
D: Peter Esmonde

In his excellent documentary about German composer/artist/inventor Trimpin, Esmonde introduces us to a singular mind. Like his hero composer Conlon Nancarrow before him, Trimpin (one word, like Prince or Madonna) is fascinated by sound and the machines that create it; the pieces he constructs – for the Kronos Quartet, for robotic arms playing toy pianos, for clogs and toy monkeys, for seismophones (giant marimbas that convert seismic information from Richter scale readings into notes) – walk a curious line between art installation, mechanical demonstration, and performance. He is the rarest kind of artist: Winsome and childlike, he lets his fascination guide his creations, indifferent to taste or commercial concerns. And like a musical Alexander Calder, his work is a testament to the endless possibilities afforded by a free imagination.


Friday, March 20, 9pm, Paramount

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