Trimpin – Red Hot

In January 2014, I was fortunate enough to work as an assistant for Trimpin on his Red Hot project for the Philharmonic Society’s Beethoven the Late Great project.  From the Philharmonic website “The sounds are created when solenoids, motors, and other mechanisms strike or vibrate the strings or the sound board on the piano. Visitors can also participate by stepping up to the podium and giving the downbeat.”

Red Hot was originally displayed at South Coast Plaza (Carousel Court, 2nd Level) from January 20 – February 20, 2014.  From there it was invited to be displayed at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose as part of the REBOOT: music, Exhibition of Digital Music Exploration from March 7 to August 17, 2014.  Exhibit details here. 

Below are some of my arrangements of Beethoven for the prepared piano.  It’s by far best to be seen in action, but the videos below should give you an idea of the sound.


Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto

Beethoven – Rage Over A Lost Penny

Beethoven – Minuet in G

Beethoven – Symphony No 9

Beethoven – Sonata 15, 1st Mvt

Beethoven – Sonata 15, 4th Mvt