|- Neo Futurism
The ideas of italian and
russian Futurists can still be found in contemporary artistic production, especially
in the field of noise music and excentric musical instruments as used by David
Moss, Jimi Tenor a.o..
Jimi Tenor and
Matti Knaapi: Instruments. 1985-2001
performance of Jimi Tenor and the Shamans
Jimi Tenor has an
array of various musical contraptions and custom-made instruments which
originate from the wild ideas of Jimi Tenor and inventor Matti Knaapi.
a custom-built stainless steel thing with coils from a Fender Rhodes
piano hanging from it. It sits over a turntable on which special
metal record spins, thus activating the coils. And out comes a noise,
the tone and rhythm of which can then be altered using different
it soon became evident that the Liberace wasn't capable of producing
anything but a sub-bass sequence, though impressive as such." (Matti
Photophone, light sensitive synth, is constructed
from a rotating fan, a photocell and a piece of specially exposed
black and white film. Through the film travels a beam of light which
then hits the photocell, producing the sound. The pitch is controlled
by the intensity of light which changes according to the tracks
exposed onto the film. The current range is one octave.
it's a promising concept - we'll be looking into multi-channel possibilities
using colour lights, producing soundfilms directly from samples,
and a large solar- and wind-powered ecological model, which could
be connected directly to speakers without using an amplifier." (Matti Knaapi)
Noisemachine by Jimi Tenor and Matti Knaapi. Inside a plywood
box lurks a Sony Walkman powered by a hand-driven dynamo. Equipped
with a line out and a strobo light. A tape in the walkman and hands
on the crank - out comes noise, a sample of which you can hear in
this excerpt from Muchmo,
recorded live at Montreux Jazz 1999.
Russian Synth was
first spotted by Jimi in 1985
when he was visiting Estonia. He saw it in a shop but did't buy
it until five years later when he went back and noticed it was still
there, covered with dust. He didn't have enough money with him let
alone a certain certifacate which was required to buy stuff like
that. Anyway, the shopkeeper was quite happy to take a pound in
place of the certificate and a tenner for the synth.
don't know how to use it because I can't read Russian. After I turn
the power on and push the keyboard, I play with whatever sounds
come out from the machine. It was broken when I bought it, but a
friend of mine fixed it beautifully." (Jimi Tenor)
a man-sized mechanical drum machine, was a sturdy device consisting
of a couple of oil drums which were hit by two large hammers. It
was powered by an old washing-machine motor which gave a steady
tempo, but could also be operated manually. The hammer system turned
out to be too rough, wearing out the drums, so it was later replaced
with a large-scale champagne bottle corker -like mechanism.
automatic trombone Vera
is made of an old vacuum cleaner, a rubber glove and a trombone
operated by the vacuum cleaner set to blow rather than suck. The
rubber glove acts as a pair of lips between the vacuum and the trombone
and can be controlled by hand to vary the pitch.