VideoEmon Hassan

Ken Butler's String Awakening

VideoEmon Hassan
Ken Butler's String Awakening

Forty years ago, artist & musician Ken Butler had a transformative moment in the basement of his Portland, Oregon home involving an axe. Ken re-enacts that story in this video. Thus began an obsession with designing instruments out of objects that led to a collection of over 400 hybrid instruments (at the time of this recording in 2011) many with which he has played during live performances.

Today the collection sits at 200, many having been sold, dismantled or reconfigured.