May 1, 2009 – May 30, 2009
Rhythm 1001, a one-of-a-kind homemade analog drum machine, produces a highly creative interpretation of music using instruments ranging from tube toms to xylophones, from cymbals to plastic cups. The performances also involve tape sampling, an assortment of analog keyboards and TVs with pre-recorded accompaniment. Second Street Gallery will host a series of performances featuring Mark Dixon, Bart Trotman, and Jonathan Hendersen.
Invisible is a collaboration of artists and musicians, anchored by artist Mark Dixon’s invention that produces a highly creative interpretation of music, using instruments ranging from tube toms to xylophones, from cymbals to plastic cups. Performances also involve tape sampling, an assortment of analog keyboards, and TVs with pre-recorded accompaniment. Part of the device includes a percussion sequencer (likened to old music boxes), which Dixon controls by inserting bamboo pegs into a large spinning metal wheel, while fellow musicians Bart Trotman and Jonathan Henderson add their own sounds and melodies using an array of used materials. With their invention, the group seeks to “birth new sounds and give life to strange or impossible ideas.”
Mark Dixon holds an MFA in Studio Art from Carnegie Mellon University School of Art, and a BFA in Sculpture from Guilford College. His traveling exhibitions, installations, and performances have been seen throughout the United States and Canada.