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Selective Focus: Tim Kaiser

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Years ago, I was having a nerdy discussion about theremins with a friend, who informed me that there was a guy in Duluth who built them. He sent me Tim Kaiser’s website address. It was filled with photos of crazy sci-fi contraptions that made all kinds of even crazier noises. Evil mad science happening in a basement right here in Duluth. This week in Selective Focus, Tim Kaiser explains his combination of audio and visual art.

TK: I create experimental “music” with non-traditional instrumentation. Because I am less concerned with normal conceptions of melody and rhythm, I require different tools to create sonic atmospheres. This led me to design and build my own instruments and devices. I started out as a typical frustrated guitarist, but was drawn to more and more avant garde music and finally put the guitar away.

Electronic Prayer Machine with Valves

Electronic Prayer Machine with Valves


If you include my performance art projects and film/video productions (of which the soundtracks became more & more important to me) I’ve been doing this 35 years.

BioPicLike many artists, I held a series of low wage, crappy jobs and did my creative work on the side. I would occasionally sell some crazy thing I built on eBay, but still had to feed the kids and pay the bills with some consistency. In the run up to the invasion of Iraq, I worked at a convenience store for a moron who wanted me to hand out pro-war propaganda. After the obvious parting of the ways, an eBay client contacted me to tell me that he in fact worked for DuranDuran and Nick Rhodes. They heard about my new unemployment through an errant email and offered me enough commission projects so that I wouldn’t miss my paltry paycheck for a year. They made good on their promise and I never looked back. I now split my time between touring/performing and building wacko experimental instruments on commission. The current wait list is about a year and a half.

GeigerPhone Theremin

GeigerPhone Theremin


You can see my work on my site http://tim-kaiser.org or at a live show. I occasionally show pieces in sculpture exhibitions around the US and Europe and through Transistor Gallery in Chicago.
Photo by Tyler Scouton

Photo by Tyler Scouton


I have a couple of shows in Chicago later in June, and am going on tour for a couple of weeks in August and hitting a couple of Music Festivals along the way. (details on my website).
Electric Kalimba with Lamp

Electric Kalimba with Lamp

Links and media

Bio info-http://tim-kaiser.org/index.php/about/

Press Kit-http://tim-kaiser.org/index.php/press-kit/

Music Samples

Videos

Photo by Mike Guello

Photo by Mike Guello.

4 Comments

TimK

about 3 years ago

That last pic was shot by Mike Guello.  I sent that in with the wrong attribution, and I apologize to Mike.

Herzog

about 3 years ago

Pretty amazing TK.  There appears to be a police siren that comes in at 7:56 on Hive 13... life imitating art?

TimK

about 3 years ago

That cetainly could've been a siren. I once played a bar in Louisville. Half way through the set, I looked up (I can get pretty focused while performing) and what once had been a full room was now empty. Apparently there was a shooting incident on the street right out front. The cops had dragged every one out to be interviewed. When I finally was interrogated, the cop said, "You've got the best alibi of all!"

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