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date: 14 November 2019

Nunn, Tom [Thomas E. ]locked

  • Laurence Libin


[Thomas E. ]

(b San Antonio, TX, May 10, 1946). American musician and maker of experimental, sculptural instruments, based in San Francisco. He holds degrees in music composition from the University of Texas at Austin and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and did graduate work at the University of California, San Diego. His instruments, beginning with the Crustacean in 1976, are designed for improvisation and typically utilize commonly available materials and employ contact microphones for amplification. Nunn has built more than 200 instruments, which can be classified as space plates, electroacoustic percussion boards, or skatchboxes. A space plate is a steel sheet holding bowed (sometimes struck or plucked) bronze rods; inflated balloons support the plate, allowing it to resonate. The Crustacean is an example, inspired by the Waterphone. Electroacoustic percussion boards, such as the Sonoglyph and Octatonic T-Rodimba, are plywood sheets holding hardware such as nails and threaded and bent metal rods that are plucked, rubbed, or struck. Skatchboxes are shallow cardboard boxes with items such as bronze rods, combs, dowels, toothpicks, and washers, attached in colourful geometric patterns to the top and scraped with modified plastic combs....

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