Five ways to use a typewriter

By Ashliegh Gehl

By Ashliegh Gehl 
It’s a no-brainer. Typewriters can’t compete with sleek, pocket-size technology. Sliding my clunky Royal into my messenger bag with a wad of paper would send me straight to the chiropractor. Having a fetish for writing in cafe’s, the music of Royal’s heavy keys is an ambiance destroyer. It’s better left sitting on my writing desk waiting for me to dirty its type keys with fingerprints.
Even though my Royal is dated technology, here’s a list of what other people are doing with their typewriters.<!--more-->
1: <u>Jeremy Mayer</u> - Typewriter Sculpture
Contemporary art feeds off recycled goods. Art, depending on the medium, is constructed by reconstructing. Jeremy Mayer is doing just that.   
Mayer creates life-size objects such as people, insects and animals out of typewriters. On top of it, he does it without solder, weld or glue. Oh, but the intrigue doesn’t end there. Every piece used comes from disassembled typewriters; there’s no outsourcing. That’s to say, you won’t find pieces from an alarm clock in one of Mayer’s damselflies. 
<strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://jeremymayer.com">Jeremy Mayer</a>
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2: <u>Keira Rathbone</u> - Art
Typewriter art is nothing new. It’s been around since the late 1800’s. Using the machine as a medium to replace brushstrokes with inked type keys requires skill, vision and intuition. A mixed bag of qualities artist Keira Rathbone has.
<strong>Website: </strong><a href="http://www.keirarathbone.com/gallery.html" target="_blank">Keira Rathbone</a>
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3: <u>Leroy Anderson</u> - Music
Any traditionalist knows, the music a typewriter produces is as soothing as Bach. Composer Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) noticed its potential as a musical instrument and brought it to the stage. In 1950, Anderson created the piece "The Typewriter." 
<strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://leroyanderson.com/mp3/typewriter.mp3" target="_blank">Leroy Anderson</a>   
<strong>YouTube:</strong> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2LJ1i7222c&amp;feature=player_embedded" target="_blank">Video</a>
<strong>Other: </strong><a href="http://www.synthgear.com/2010/music/typewriter-music/">Typewriter Music info</a> and<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQM-0kaxgmE"> Jerry Lewis comedy (video)</a>
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4: <u>Tim "Type" Jordan</u> - Performance
The typewriter is Type Jordan’s vehicle of expression. With it, he stimulates the senses visually and audibly. 
<strong>Website:</strong> <a href="//www.typejordan.com/sculpturepage1.html”" target="_blank”">Sculpture</a>,<a href="//www.typejordan.com/mp3/stranger_than_Fiction.mp3”" target="”_blank”">Music</a> and <a href="//www.typejordan.com/”" target="”_blank”">Type Jordan</a>.
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5: <u>USB Typewriter</u> - Digital technology
Instead of converting an outdated technology into art, or using it as a performance tool, why not help it break into the digital world? Welcome to the USB Typewriter. 
<strong>Website:</strong> <a href="//www.usbtypewriter.com/”" target="_blank”">USB Typewriter</a>
<strong>YouTube:</strong> <a href="//www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7IuFW-EG-M&amp;NR=1&amp;feature=fvwp”" target="”_blank”">USB Typewriter: How it’s done<a />
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<strong>For laughs, check this out:</strong> <a href="//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkc4jto5t6c&amp;NR=1”" target="”_blank”">Typewriter dance moves</a> and <a href="//www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MKhVbZpQnc&amp;NR=1”" target="_blank”"> some strange form of interpretive dance</a>By Ashliegh Gehl 

It’s a no-brainer. Typewriters can’t compete with sleek, pocket-size technology. Sliding my clunky Royal into my messenger bag with a wad of paper would send me straight to the chiropractor. Having a fetish for writing in cafe’s, the music of Royal’s heavy keys is an ambiance destroyer. It’s better left sitting on my writing desk waiting for me to dirty its type keys with fingerprints.

Even though my Royal is dated technology, here’s a list of what other people are doing with their typewriters.

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