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.
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.
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
- 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
* 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