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Trimpin – The Movie

by on Oct.13, 2009, under Events, Projects

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It is the time of year when all of Vancouver becomes culturally categorized by which films they have seen or are about to see at the Vancouver International Film Festival. For a list of where the cool kids are going, see my daughter’s blog, Dreampepper.

The big news for me was that the film about Trimpin was going to be screened and there was a talk with the artist and the film creator, Peter Esmonde on Friday at 5:00pm. The name of the film is “Trimpin, The Sound of Invention“, a very apt titleconsidering the wonderful sonic projects Trimpin has created over the years. I went to see my friend Trimpin and the director/producer of the film, Peter Esmonde,  at Pacific Cinematique.

The talk was really informative as I had no idea the Trimpin has collaborated so closely with Conlon Nancarrow, the master of player piano composition. When the film excerpt showed how Trimpin had saved Conlon’s work so it could be enjoyed by future generations I was amazed. I found this photo of Trimpin (foreground left)  and Conlon (right) and I linked to the Minnesota Public Radio site to show it to you.

Re-posted from Minnesota Public Radio Site

Re-posted from Minnesota Public Radio Site

I met Trimpin when his toy piano installation was set up in The Ironworks during the Vancouver Jazz Festival. I had volunteered, as usual, as the Crew Chief of the venue and was thrilled to see and hear the group of toy pianos that has been programmed to play the work of local composers as well as a selection by Trimpin.

I knew the exhibit would be there because my friend and You Are Here duo partner, Paul Plimley, had been commissioned to write a piece for the exhibit. I had assisted him with some of the MIDI technicalities of distributing the parts to each MIDI channel. So I was looking forward to hearing the result.

I had only begun taking photographs with my Canon A80 during that festival and looking back on these photos, I realize how much I have learned about photography.

Trimpin went back to Seattle, but there were some problems with the exhibit. As I had recently taken a course in MAX/MSP/Jitter, I was able to talk with Trimpin on the phone and repair the exhibit by following his instructions. During the jazz festival, I monitored the exhibit and was able to keep it fully functional during the entire festival.

Later, I went to Seattle to attend Bumbershoot and I was fortunate enough to be invited to visit Trimpin in his studio. I will have to ask permission to show the photos I took that day.

These photos were taken after we saw the film, “Trimpin, The Sound of Invention” at the Vancity Theatre.
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