Image 1 / 3: Trimpin. Phffft Rendering.
Image 2 / 3: Trimpin. Score for Phffft.
Image 3 / 3: Trimpin. Score and Rendering for Phffft.
Nearly 200 air-activated reeds, flutes, pitched pipes, whistles, and other instruments were hung from the gallery ceiling in the immersive acoustic environment of Trimpin’s “Phffft”. Kicking off a year-long, region-wide survey of Seattle-based composer and sound artist Trimpin’s career, this exhibition recreated an historic sound work from 1994. Triggered by the gallery visitor, a computer programmed with original compositions conducts the sculptures. As they rotate gently, the instruments generate air flumes, musical undercurrents, bursts of sound, and sustained harmonics. Several of Trimpin’s unique scores and notational drawings for various sculptures and performances were also on view.