1970年誕生的DIMI-A，是芬蘭的媒體藝術先驅、發明家Erkki Kurenniemi(1941-2017)所設計的最具代表性的裝置，透過數位科技探索電子聲響的可能性。DIMI-A的設計包含記憶卡和一組音序器，於兩側對稱設計排列的金屬觸控點上進行合成編曲，左側為參數的選擇，右側則為輸入值的調整。在當時，創造的素材於數位儲存可多達256步驟涵蓋於100個項目設置之中。然而，創新的使用者介面與粗略的市場行銷，導致這個裝置從未能大量生產，僅僅生產了兩組。而今日，這兩組裝置分別收藏於赫爾辛基大學電子音樂工作室及Musikverket(瑞典藝術展演中心)。本次TAxT特別邀請長期投入Erkki Kurenniemi研究的Jari Suominen。他將於展覽中帶來媒體考古計畫《DIMI is Reborn》中的DIMI-A復刻版。
Made in 1970, DIMI-A is one of the most iconic instruments designed by Finnish inventor and media art pioneer Erkki Kurenniemi (1941-2017). DIMI-A employs digital technology to explore different possibilities of electronic sounds. It is a programmable instrument with digital memory and a sequencer. It is operated by touching the metal sticks on the instrument’s touchpads: Left-hand plates define a arameter number and the right-hand plates adjust the parameter value. It was made possible to save up to 100 musical events on the timeline of 256 steps. However, the unconventional user interface together with unprofessional marketing efforts ensured that the instrument was never mass produced, and only two units were built. Today these two instruments are located in Helsinki University Electronic Music Studio and collections of Musikverket (Swedish Performing Arts Agency). This year at TAxT a special invitation is given to Jari Suominen, a longtime specialist in Kurenniemi’s works. He has been reconstructing the creation of DIMI-A as a part of his media archaeological project DIMI is Reborn.