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ARTIST TRIMPIN has a long history with Conlon Nancarrow's music. He has realized many of Nancarrow's player piano pieces for various media, including Dutch wooden shoes.

The background texture that is used in these pages is a fragment of one of Nancarrow's "Studies for Player Piano" as it looks when transcribed to a MIDI score. This MIDI score was provided by Trimpin, who made MIDI transcriptions of all of the "Studies for Player Piano." Trimpin also created a device that fit over the keyboard of a standard piano that would play these MIDI transcriptions. Below is a photo of that device mounted on a piano.

Trimpin and Nancarrow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
(Click the photo for a larger view.)
Photo © John Fago

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