Trimpin: The Sound of Invention

Run Time: 76 min. | United States | Language: English

With Trimpin and director Peter Esmonde Q&A

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USA, 2009
Director: Peter Esmonde
Cinematographer: Peter Esmonde
Editor: Rick Tejada-Flores
Composer: Trimpin
Cast: Trimpin, Kronos Quartet, Kyle Gann
Running Time: 76 minutes

Trimpin: The Sound of Invention is a documentary feature profiling the life and work of a highly creative and somewhat eccentric artist/inventor/engineer/composer.

The artist Trimpin generally shuns publicity, yet he has received a MacArthur “Genius” Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and many other international accolades for his outrageous musical investigations.

Trimpin is renowned in both contemporary music and artistic circles for his freewheeling sound sculptures and kinetic experiments, performed across a variety of media and disciplines. Though Trimpin’s studio is a strange mix of Frankenstein’s lab and Santa’s workshop, he is no mere tinkerer — Trimpin’s works are displayed in permanent collections around the world.

Filmed over the course of two years, Trimpin: The Sound of Invention shows the artist collaborating closely with the Kronos Quartet on electronic and toy instruments; mounting a multimuseum, 25-year retrospective of his work; building a 60-foot tower of automatic electric guitars; working in a glass foundry on a perpetual motion sculpture; and otherwise investigating and experimenting with various kinetic and acoustic works in a wild variety of settings.

Filmmaker Peter Esmonde was most interested in documenting and studying Trimpin’s creative process. The filmmaker captures Trimpin’s moments of discovery and exploration, his problem-finding methodologies and his wildly intuitive ways of making creative decisions.

Dennis Harvey of Variety wrote: “Like cult hit Rivers and Tides, about visual artist Andy Goldsworthy, Trimpin: The Sound of Invention portrays an original mind whose process is fascinating and whose work is uniquely compatible to cinematic capture … Docu does a fine job of visually capturing the beauty and complexity of Trimpin’s very spatially focused works.”

Note: Q&A discussion between filmmakers and audience adds approximately 30 minutes to running time.

Category: Documentary - Performing Arts
Nov. 12, 2011
4:00 PM
Trimpin: The Sound of Invention Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24 Buy Ticket