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Long inspired by global traditions and spontaneous music-making, Tina Blaine (also known by her stage name, “Bean”) wears many hats as the executive director of Rhythmix Cultural Works as well as being a media interactivist, musician/rhythmic facilitator and an entertainment technology/museum consultant based in the SF Bay Area. Blaine has a Masters of Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University and taught at CMU from 2000 – 2006. She has studied and traveled extensively through Africa, Asia, South America and the South Pacific developing a multicultural appreciation and awareness of the importance of music and rhythm as a part of well-being in everyday life.

Blaine's research has been inspired by the integration of sonic discovery and interactive media technologies toward the creation of collective musical experiences. Before joining CMU, she worked at Interval Research as a project manager and musical “interactivist,” leading a development team in the creation of the Jam-O-Drum, a collaborative audiovisual instrument now on permanent exhibit at the Experience Music Project in Seattle. Blaine’s work has been featured at SIGGRAPH's Emerging Technologies, Zeum's Youth Art and Technology Center in San Francisco, Children's Hospital and Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Give Kids the World Resort in Orlando, LABoral in Gijon, Spain and Ars Electronica's Museum of the Future in Linz, Austria.

Blaine is a dynamic facilitator, presenter and performer of musical and rhythm-based events, classes and workshops. She embarked upon her exploration of musical interaction techniques in the 1980s, building electronic MIDI controller instruments and large-scale audience participation devices for live performance with the multimedia ensemble D’Cuckoo. She has written for numerous publications including Electronic Musician and the Journal for New Music Research, and is co-founder of the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference. In 2005, she was honored for her inspiring, innovative work in the sciences by the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA. She has also been selected for Richard Saul Wurman’s (founder of TED) 2002 publication, Who’s Really Who: 1000 Most Creative Individuals in the USA. Her clients include a range of companies in the non-profit, education and entertainment sectors.

Educational Travel

  • Salvador, Brazil, Intensive study focus on Candomble', the Afro Brazilian spiritual tradition, with frame drum instruction from Layne Redmond, Atabaque with the master drummers from Bale Folclorico, and dance instruction with Rosangela Silvestre.
  • Sado Island, Japan, RhythMix Cultural Works Cultural Exchange Study trip: 2 weeks intensive study of Taiko drumming, folkloric song and dance with KODO and Hana-Yui.
  • Havana, Cuba, RhythMix Cultural Works Cultural Exchange: Study trip focused on the folkloric drum, dance and song of the Arara and Yoruban cultures in Matanzas and Habana, Cuba with Amelia Pedroso, masters of bata, and Cuban folkloric music.
  • Dakar, Senegal: Two months percussion study w/Master drummers Meissa Thiube and Moussa Sylla.
  • Dakar, Senegal, Congo/Brazzaville: Two months study with master drummers and dancers from the Senegalese National Ballet and Congolese National Dance Companies.

* Facilitator, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Drum Circles for Children.
* Give Kids the World Resort, advising/collaborating on creation of new media experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses.
* Co-organizer: DrumTalk at University of Pittsburgh, May 2005.
* Bread & Roses: Volunteer performer at numerous venues around the SF Bay area including drug rehabilitation centers, women’s shelters, AIDS hospices, hospitals and detention centers for young people.
* Community outreach performances for CARAL (California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League), San Quentin State Prison, La Peña Cultural Center, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Napa State Hospital, and the San Francisco Women's Shelter.




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