Long inspired by global traditions and spontaneous music-making, Tina Blaine (also known by her stage name, “Bean”) leads a double life as a musician and an entertainment technology and museum consultant based in the SF Bay Area. Her clients include a range of companies in the non-profit, education and entertainment sectors including The Tech Museum of Innovation, Thinkwell Design, Inka Biospheric Systems, Rapport, Inc., Yahoo!, Rhythmix Cultural Works Community Arts Center and the Franklin Institute. Blaine taught for five years at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, developing collective experiences that integrate game design, sonic discovery, and interactive media. 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 subsequent research and projects with CMU students have 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 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 also was selected for Richard Saul Wurman’s 2002 publication, Who’s Really Who: 1000 Most Creative Individuals in the USA.

In 2007-08, Blaine was invited to be an artistic advisor at the Studio for Electro Instrumental Music (STEIM) in Amsterdam. She has written music for NPR, video games, TV and documentary soundtracks. Blaine currently performs with Maze Daiko, Shakini, the Arkansas Bindi Society and Pandemonaeon. She has also recorded with Brian Eno, Mickey Hart, Haunted by Waters, D'CuCKOO, Tracy Blackman, Sharon Knight, Eda Maxym's Imagination Club and others lured by the call of the drum.



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photo credit: charles palmer, frank balde´