Rhythm 1001

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Imagine the mysterious inner workings of a modern electronic drum machine unpacked and explained by mad scientists… not in words, but as a demonstration: a spinning disk, thousands of bamboo pegs, springs, levers, outmoded cassette decks, modified children's toys, finely crafted percussion automatons and miles of copper wire. This is Rhythm 1001: one invention that serves as a launching pad for sonic experimentation by INVISIBLE.

Mark Dixon created Rhythm 1001, a sort of fantasy future for Leon Theremin's 1931 Rhythmicon and a hundred other ambitious contraptions that put the "machine" in "drum machine". Rhythm 1001 uses pegs placed into a spinning disk to control up to twenty acoustic percussion devices. In the spirit of early computers, Rhythm 1001 can fill a room with its machinations and sounds.

The performance itself is a briar patch of rhythm, tone and found recordings. Sonically spectacular, it is just as striking a visual experience. If you can hear a sound, you can see its source in action. This transparency of means is an engaging inversion of modern computer music where slick consumer technology is used to invisibly process and deliver digital samples.