Just thinking it not fair to write about the cold, dark Berlin winter while on vacation in mild, sunny San Francisco, your friendly Contrarian Teutonic correspondent is back in the Fatherland and ready with more stories from the Continent.
As with most creative arts, musicians have been known to occasionally dabble in the fields other than performance and composition. For many, this departure is merely a distraction, but while for others it can serve to further inspire the creative mind. Examples of this abound with artists ranging from RISD dropout and Talking Heads founder David Byrne‘s Bicycle Diaries (currently #29 on the New York Times Nonfiction Bestseller list) to The Contrarian’s own, well, The Contrarian with his short story “The Cove.”
This past Monday, on the palindromic 01.11.10, Canadian composer and musician for all seasons, Tobias Tinker, brought us the first chapter of his debut novel entitled Symmetricity. Tinker’s project is an ambitious one, combining the release of serialized chapters with an accompanying soundtrack, videos and audiobook readings in the rendering of his tale of Berlin before the fall of the Wall. The unique sketches of Berlin-via-Vermont artist, Josh Bauman accentuate Mr. Tinker’s work.
If the first chapter is any indication, this project could be quite a coup for both the creative arts scene of the capital, and Tinker himself. Herzlichen Glückwünsche!