New Release: Trimpin: The Sound of Invention DVD

Trimpin: The Sound of Invention movie scene

Trimpin (l.) and company prepare to unleash their inimatable music in The Sound of Invention.

Microcinema released the 2009 music-themed documentary film Trimpin: The Sound of Invention, an exploration of the sonic world of the artist/inventor/engineer/composer Trimpin, on DVD on Aug. 30, 2011, for the list price of $29.95.

Regarded as an “outsider artist” eccentric who shuns the hype and hyperbole of the commercial art world, the German-born Trimpin has for the past three decades created a collection of freewheeling sculptures and outrageous musical experiments that have been exhibited in museums all over the world.

The first feature film produced and directed by Peter Esmonde, Trimpin was shot over a two-year period beginning in 2005 or so. The movie follows its subject as he designs a 60-foot tower of more than 500 automatic electric guitars, builds an ensemble of huge marimbas that converts real-time earthquake data into music and collaborates with the Kronos Quartet on an inimitable world premiere featuring toy instruments.

The movie premiered in at the South by Southwest Film Festival in April 2009 and was subsequently screened at festivals in New York, London, Toronto, Barcelona, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Vancouver, Dublin, Goteborg, Oslo, New Zealand and Seattle, where the artist currently resides.

Bonus features on the DVD include a director’s commentary, deleted scenes and a gallery of Trimpin’s designs.

Here’s the trailer:


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.