The Seattle Symphony introduces #Mixtrument in conjunction with the premiere of Above, Below, and In Between, inviting the public to participate in a community composition inspired by Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Trimpin. Drawing on Trimpin’s philosophy of creativity and invention, #Mixtrument challenges people to make their own instruments with found objects, record a short video using the instrument, and submit it to be considered for a crowdsourced community composition. The #Mixtrument composition is created by layering individual compositions in different combinations.

Video submissions are accepted through April 27, 2015, by uploading to YouTube, using the hashtag #Mixtrument in the post, and through the submission form below.

Trimpin - #Mixtrument - FAQ's

Q. How did you come up with the idea for Mixtrument?

A. Some of our staff members are longtime fans of Darren Solomon’s website “In Bb 2.0,” which is inspired by the 20th century classic “In C” by Terry Riley. When the Seattle Symphony commissioned Trimpin for his site-specific installation, we also wanted to do a project that encourages people in our community to create their own instruments. Videos of these instruments, created with found objects, come together to create an improvisatory video performances in the spirit of “In Bb”. Everyone visiting the web page can interact with it differently to see each other’s creations. Each visitor will also have a unique listening experience, depending on how and when they activate each instrument.

Q. How can I join in?

A. Just create your own original instrument, find a quiet place to record, listen to one of these three samples (scratchers, singers, chimes) on headphones while you record, and try to match the volume. Then upload your video to YouTube and include the hashtag #Mixtrument in the post. We will be accepting video submissions through April 27, 2015.

Q. How are you choosing from the submissions? Are you using everything that people send you?

A. Our goal was to create a composition that worked when mixed and matched in different combinations. A small group of us played each video along with the other videos in different combinations, then selected those that worked best together to show as our example.

Mixtrument Submission Form

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Full Name (First and Last)
Email Address
Location (City, State)
YouTube Link
As a condition of the submission process, and for no monetary compensation, I hereby grant to Seattle Symphony and its affiliates and assigns (collectively “Seattle Symphony”) the irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free right, in perpetuity, to publish, post, display, reproduce, edit, crop, overlay, modify, alter, use only a portion thereof, and to use my image, voice, name, likeness, and/or biography in connection with any photograph(s), recordings, and/or video(s) (collectively, “Video”) submitted in connection with the Seattle Symphony’s Mixtrument musical composition project for Seattle Symphony’s promotional or educational usage and/or materials, including, but not limited to, use on Seattle Symphony’s websites, social media, printed materials, and any other type of publication or media now known or hereinafter invented. I hereby acknowledge that my submission: (a) is my original work, has not been submitted elsewhere in whole or in part, does not infringe any third party’s rights, and will not libel anyone, or invade the rights of others; (b) I have full power and authority to enter into this Agreement and have secured consent and permission from all other individuals depicted, recorded, or appearing in the Video to the terms hereof; and (c) the Video does not contain any unauthorized use of copyrighted or copyrightable works owned by third parties, nor does it in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations. I hereby waive any right to review, inspect, or approve the Video prior to use by Seattle Symphony, and release all claims against Seattle Symphony with respect to copyright ownership and publication, including any claims for compensation related to or in connection with use of the Video. In addition, I hereby hold harmless and indemnify Seattle Symphony and its officers, directors, employees, volunteers, and agents from any claims, demands, or causes of action that I or other persons acting on my behalf, or any third parties, may have by reason of this authorization or the Seattle Symphony’s exercise of the rights granted herein. I understand that Seattle Symphony is under no obligation to use or accept the Video submitted, and may change these terms or cancel or modify this project at any time, without my consent or notification, and I agree to be bound by such modifications or revisions. I acknowledge that I am above 18 years of age and have authority to both grant the above-listed rights and to enter into this binding agreement.

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