Bend It Like Bach

Tim Kaiser’s fabulously weird world of music.

By Karen K. Hansen

When English soccer star David Beckham bends the ball, the international sports world watches in awe. When American musician Tim Kaiser bends a circuit, the audience listens just as intently, be it in an art or performance space, or a bar, bookstore, or library.

MAKE, Volume 12 (page 14) introduced readers to Tim Kaiser, but even people who’ve never heard of him have probably heard his sounds. These may emanate from the instruments Kaiser himself creates and plays, such as Bungee Drums made from concrete post forms or the New Metal Violin made out of the battery compartment of a minesweeper. Or they may issue forth as distorted or modulated samples from one ...

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