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Trimpin’s Sheng High (dorkbotSF Tour) March 27, 2009

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About 15 lucky dorks were invited by sound artist and kinetic sculptor Trimpin for a private preview of his latest installation Sheng High which was premiering the following day at the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis. It will be at the Nelson from March 26 – May 17. Viewing hours are 6-8 pm daily. The address is:

The Richard L. Nelson Gallery & The Fine Arts Collection
University of California, Davis / Art Department
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

It’s an amazing piece where he converts music into a circular notation using 5 different software and many manual processes to create pie shaped piano-player type sheets with reflective material denoting the ‘notes’. The reflective material triggers sensors on a rotating arm to actuate motors which lift and dip several faux-boo poles into water, where the displacement of air within the pipes from the changing water depth produces the sound which is supposed to emulate a sheng which is a Chinese reed instrument. In a nod to Nancarrow who usually puts Hello into his player piano scores like an audio easter egg, Trimpin also plays Hello on the Sheng High

More images and video will be compiled in this dorkbotsf tour archive page!

Peter Esmonde has also just completed a film on Trimpin called Trimpin: The Sound of Invention which premiered at SXSW this year. For news on the movie and screening schedule, see the film’s blog

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