People-Powered Music aka The Tinkle Drum

Bibi Bliekendaal / Bibi and the Tinklers


Introducing the Tinkle Drum: a highly interactive work of art/music instrument/architecture that requires a team of people to walk inside to turn the drum in order to create music.

Full description of the concept

A lone cello player practising in Westerpark inspired me while I was out running during lockdown, early 2021. I realised how much I missed live music, the energy of people making and enjoying it together. I wanted to create something enabling people to make music together in a public space, no matter who they are or what they have.

The Tinkle Drum started as a barrel with a handle and then turned into a giant drum that revolves when people walk together inside it, encouraging collaboration. As the drum rotates, prongs mounted on the outer strike keys to make music. At night it lights up as each note is struck—powered by solar and the people turning the drum.

Nothing is needed to experience the work other than participation: gather others, step into the drum and take steps together. ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon is the default tune, but as it's re-programmable, people can make their own composition.

With a diverse crew from around the world, we are taking all steps to minimise the impact of transport, shipping and materials.

The Tinklers are also collaborating with the BLASTERs from the Green Theme Camp Community to develop a unique model to calculate our carbon footprint (or carbon tinkle).

We have two points of focus for 2022:
a) reduce art carbon transport emissions
b) reduce embodied carbon with recycled art materials and efficient sourcing and human power!

The GTCC Transport & Emissions team will apply BLAST CO2e models developed for last September's MediMeisterschaften event, Kiwiburn, and Waking Dreams. The goal is to offer these models to other artists to calculate their art CO2e impact.

In commercial society today there is this growing idea that music is created by the few and the fortunate. As the commercial, media, and popular music industries have become intertwined, the line between music as art and as commerce has blurred. This piece aims to challenge that.

As a woman artist, creative, and DJ, I've been held back by expectations, biases, and perfectionism for years. Burning Man made me realise that creative success has nothing to do with fulfilling societal and cultural norms.

This piece is about art and music being for—and by—all of us.

Once built, we invite every participant to share a song, lyric or poem by an indigenous artist that represents their culture, and inscribe it on the drum - a display of diversity, expression and unity. And graffiti. We love us some graffiti.

About the group/Artist

A bunch of sustainability nerds, creatives and engineers from all over but mostly Amsterdam who want to make cool ideas.

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