December 2, 2011—Murfreesboro, Tennessee—
Right before Thanksgiving on November 21, creative minds, Russell White and Jesse Williams, showcased a wild art piece they had labored over to give people something to observe AND participate in. The showcase of the Skippadippablippaskope took place in Middle Tennessee State University’s Todd Hall building and drew a curious crowd.
When asked what exactly it was, White explained, “It was a sonic station consisting of hand-built synths and circuit bent kid toys juxtaposed to form one cohesive sound console.” He went on to say, “[Its] purpose was to deliver to the viewer an interactive hand ok approach to sonic art, providing not only traditional knobs and buttons, but also various other interfaces such as photo Theremins and pressure pads.”
It was definitely an interactive art piece for people, and White and William’s intentions were met. It was to reach and be enjoyed by both people familiar with playing music and those who don’t typically play music.
Tim Kaiser, an experimental video, installation, and performance artist, and other circuit benders and sonic artists were influencers of the sonic station. White said that the Skippadippablippaskope was only a temporary piece that will be taken apart and made into other circuit bent pieces or “features to stand by themselves.”