Trimpin, a sound sculptor, composer,
inventor, is one of the most stimulating one-man forces in music today.
A specialist in interfacing computers with traditional acoustic instruments,
he has developed a myriad of methods for playing, trombones, cymbals,
pianos, and so forth with Macintosh computers. He has collaborated frequently
with Conlon Nancarrow, realizing the composer's piano roll compositions
through various media. At the 1989 Composer-to-Composer conference in
Telluride, Colorado, Trimpin created a Macintosh-controlled device that
allowed one of Nancarrow's short studies for player piano to be performed
by mallets striking 100 Dutch wooden shoes arranged in a horseshoe from
the edge of the balcony at the Sheridan Opera House. He also prepared
a performance of Nancarrow's studies at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
for New Music America in 1989.
Eventually he became interested in acoustical sets while working in theater productions with Samuel Beckett and Rick Cluchey, director of the San Quentin Drama Workshop. From 1985-87 he co-chaired the Electronic Music Department of the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam.
Trimpin now resides in Seattle where numerous instruments that defy description adorn his amazing studio. In describing his work, Trimpin sums it up as "extending the traditional boundaries of instruments and the sounds they're capable of producing by mechanically operating them. Although they're computer-driven, they're still real instruments making real sounds, but with another dimension added, that of spatial distribution. What I'm trying to do is go beyond human physical limitations to play instruments in such a way that no matter how complex the composition of the timing, it can be pushed over the limits."