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Gnarls Barkley a collaboration between Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse,
recently made history by becoming the first group to top the UK singles chart with a digital-only release of lead off single Crazy. Their full-length should be
the first big hit of 2006.
Distinctive offers up Jody Wisternoff's (Way Out West), Cold Drink, Hot Girl on Beatport. Wisternoff's production and tight grooves shine on this steller release.
Coldfusion drop a full-on, unrelentless tribal banger Tribe Summoning on the French label Royal Drums. This track is not for the meek. Big chug with a big sound for a big room. Slammin!
June 21, 2006
../ Sound Artist Trimpin Triumphs With Der Ring
Gerhard Trimpin, a brilliant sound artist, is someone you've probably never
heard of. Trimpin, who legally only goes by his surname, has been creating brilliant music installations since he was a boy. The sound sculptures
fuse mathematics, acoustic instruments and computer-controlled mechanics into a fascinating sonic blend that never fails to inspire.
Trimpin recently installed Der Ring at the new Phaeno Science Center in
Wolfsberg, Germany. Der Ring consists of three metal circular tracks, small, medium and large, each containing an
aluminum ball. It's based on the sound created by Perpetual Motion and the harmonic spectrum ratio of 3-4-5. Trimpin was inspired to
make Der Ring when he had a personal moment of clarity: music works through "sinus and cosinus" - Latin for Sine and Cosine, everything else is
The tracks are supported by an elaborate pulley system hooked up to what Trimpin
calls a "gearbox." The gearbox is MIDI controlled by a custom programmed developed for a Mac laptop. The program instructs the pulley supports to
move up and down which creates an rolling moment that propels the ball around the circumference of the track. Based on the speed, duration and travel
length of the pulleys the ball can move fast or slow, and in either direction. The pulsating sound created by the movement of the ball gives Der Ring
a distinctive sonic flavor that is soothing and fascinating at the same time.
Trimpin is interesting in visualizing sound through acoustic "instruments"
and sound sources. However, almost every single one of his installations involves utilizing electronics, computers and MIDI to manipulate the acoustic
process. One of Trimpin's most amazing installations was Liquid Percussion. Commissioned in 1991 by The New York Hall of Science, Liquid
Percussion consisted of one hundred water sprinklers suspended from the ceiling in a grid. Constructed from surplus Boeing Aircraft titanium, the
nozzles dripped water into tuned glass resonators under precise control of a computer to create a Rain Symphony. The visual effect of the
falling rain drops coupled to the full frequency spectrum of harmonious and sympathetic tones created an environment that left many spectators
uttering only one word: "genius."
Trimpin's Der Ring is being assembled in the Phaeno Science CenterPhoto: Joe Ansel
Trimpin cites that the reason he moved to Seattle, Washington from the small town of
Efringen-Germany was because Americans throw out a lot more high-tech garbage than Europeans. Through his sources, he has been able to acquire thousands
of pieces of metals, computers, musical instruments - and anything else that could be utilized into one of his sound visualizations - and house them
in a four story building that he calls his studio.
Visitors to the Phaeno science center may not immediately recognize Trimpin's Der Ring
since it is suspended close to the ceiling, and only emits a Doppler-like, whirling sound. However, once discovered, many become absorbed by its complex
simplicity. The ration of the rings, 3 to 4 to 5, represents a major triad, a basic chord that is the foundation of Western music. Thus, the calming sounds,
created by each ring, are actually the notes of G, C and E, adding another level to the sculpture's depth.
Trimpin's one-of-a-kind installations come from a limitless mind that never stops imagining
how sound can be experienced visually. His genius comes not only from inventing new methods of demonstrating his artistic vision, but from consistently
achieving the desired effect of invoking each individual's musical spirit.
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