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date: 25 August 2019

Kitundu, Walter locked


(b Rochester, MN, 1973). American sound artist and instrument inventor. He spent his early childhood in Tanzania and is currently based in Bolinas, California. His sculptural instruments, notably a family of modified turntables activated by such unpredictable elemental forces as flowing water and wind, explore interactions between nature and technology. Balloon Powered Turntable is geared to the motion of weather balloons. A windmill fashioned from soup ladles powers the Wind Powered Turntable. Hot air from burning candles propels the Fire Powered Turntable. While attending Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 1991, Kitundu encountered hip hop, and through it, the turntable, played by scratching. He observed that the turntable pickup senses vibration even from sources other than a vinyl record. This realization led to his Stylophones, instruments in which one or more plucked, bowed, struck, or blown strings directly vibrate the stylus; the resulting output can be mixed with other sounds and electronically processed. In ...

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