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SAM Friday Remix Partners With the Carriage Return!


Well, typewriter enthusiasts, we’ve hit the big time.  The Seattle Art Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park have contacted us and we’re helping be a part of their Friday night Remix event THIS Friday, August 22nd.  I can hardly contain my excitement!

This will be the biggest event the Carriage Return has ever put on/been a part of.  The estimate is that about 2,500 people will be in attendance. 

That’s a LOT of typing, people.  A LOT.  

Still, we’re thrilled we have been asked to participate.  The machines are up in my living room right now, getting ready to have their ribbons wound to the starting position and their joints lubricated.  It still amazes me that after all this time, and all these years, these things still work with only the minimal amount of maintenance.  Some of them have been knocked around this past year, what with all the car travel they weren’t exactly built for, but they’re still holding up.  I acquired a few this summer and I’m hoping to put a few of them into rotation (all portables, and all thanks to my eyes on the ground, my friends who know about this collection and are always willing to scout for me.)

This time around, the prompts will be driven by a particular installation, one by a man who goes solely by the last name Trimpin.  You can read more about the exhibit here.

This exhibit, which features three sets of oversized orange headphones you can stick your whole head into, is of particular interest to me since I myself have permanent hearing loss in both my ears (chalk it up to recurring childhood ear infections, unlucky genetics, and maybe one too many punk shows in between the ages of 14-19).  The world DOES occur to me differently because of this hearing loss.  Not only am I constantly asking my poor husband to repeat himself (WHAT?  WHAT?), but I often wonder about how many notes I’m not hearing when I listen to music, for example, or anything symphonic, really (my particular hearing loss sort of lops off the middle range of things, so I can only really hear the highs and the lows).  I’m always jealous of my pitch-perfect friends who can sing a tune after hearing it just a few times.  I often can’t do that because I don’t hear the same things they do, those tiny nuances in the human voice that make a song so personal.  Sometimes, at the end of a particularly noisy day, I experience auditory hallucinations, like the sound of a lawnmower, or church bells, or the cry of seagulls, when there is none.   Anyway, I tell you all this because I’ve often wondered about what part, what range of the world, is unavailable to me, sonically, and how that shapes how I experience the world.  I suspect this exhibit will do the same for you.

And when you are ready to share your reactions, we’ll be right there, like literally RIGHT THERE, for you to write about it!  On typewriters!  Our station will be very close by the Trimpin exhibit, and we’ll have paper and tables all ready for you.  You’ll have the majestic Puget Sound to one side of you, and the bustling city on the other, so you won’t be short on inspiration.  Plus, you’ll be in the midst of the musical goings-on, and the chatter from passersby, and the sound being generated by the headphones.  You’ll have much to share about, I’m sure.  We can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it. 

Info on how to buy tickets to the SAM Remix event are here.

And check out their Facebook page here

Installment #4 of Ribbon & Rhyme

Installment #3 of Ribbon & Rhyme

More Pieces from Ribbon and Rhyme

Welcome back, typewriter fans.  Are you enjoying your summer thus far?  The sun is making a VERY welcome comeback here in Seattle, so I’ve been spending quite a bit of time outdoors.  It’s garage sale season, too, which always puts a spring in my step.  This weekend I scored a (rather rusty, cat-hair-filled) RED Remington plastic portable.  It’s my first red colored machine!  I’m over the moon, to put it mildly.  It’s going to be a long summer with rust remover and the vacuum, but I’m still excited. 

In other news, Richard Polt over at Writing Ball is writing a book about typewriters, and he wants to include a bit about our little project!  You can check out his site here. We’re working on editing my little blurb (oh, how I can wax poetic!) as we speak.  It’s been a FABULOUS experience to be able to share my thoughts with him (turns out we think very similarly about quite a few issues around the topic of typewriters) and I can’t wait to see the finished product. Stay tuned for more news on that. 

Here are more pieces from Ribbon and Rhyme.  Enjoy.