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Calendar, Night&Day Eine Kleine Odd Musik

Eine Kleine Odd Musik

As a high school music teacher, Bart Hopkin didn't have much chance to explore his fascination with strange and exotic instruments. It's not like he could have outfitted the entire teen horn section with Russian zgamoniums, or replaced the first…
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Music, Sculptures of Sound

Sculptures of Sound

A secluded Mission District building houses a collection of curious objects. One is an imposing metal rod surrounded by a taut exoskeleton of wires. Another is a seemingly random assortment of valves and tubes, rising from a black cylinder and…
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Music, Taking Partch

Taking Partch

American composer Harry Partch was a true individualist. Abandoning both the form and tonality of the 300-year-old symphonic tradition, the maverick composer and theorist set out to explore uncharted regions of sound and performance through the creation of his own…
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Hear This

Experimental Musical Instruments Since 1985, Bart Hopkin has made musical weirdness his passion, tracking down a world full of people for whom standard-issue guitars, pianos, and drums are the start -- but not the end -- of musicmaking. He's put…
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Art of Noise

In a cabinlike home high above the rural town of Nicasio, near Point Reyes, Bart Hopkin is "playing" a homemade musical instrument that would peel the paint off the walls, were there any paint here to peel. Encased in a…
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