Date: February 19, 2010
In this gem from 1990, we get a brief peek into the flourishing mind of German-born composer/sculptor Trimpin, a MacArthur “genius” award winner and the subject of a recent feature documentary. He chronicles his unique adventures through sound, culture, and music making; takes audience questions; and stages modified versions of his musical installations before the live audience. Highlights include how he finds and follows the threads of his creative inspiration; the music he listens to (actually he doesn’t); and colorful descriptions of some of his technical feats. He also makes a proclamation that he will never commercially record and release music. This won't surprise people who are familiar with his indifference to hype--though his reasoning is not what you might expect. Enjoy!
The highly regarded Speaking of Music series (1983-1992) was co-presented by the Exploratorium and Charles Amirkhanian of KPFA radio. Conversations between Mr. Amirkhanian and prominent musicians and composers focused on the creative process. The archived files have been released as a podcast series.
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