(c. 2000) Thomas’s prime cohort and “Left Hand Man”, pimped-up gramophone the Hornicator is “More akin to a William Burroughs-style hallucination than an instrument.” -ProperTop.com
(2003) “…and then there’s The Stringaling (don’t ask).” -Dazed & Confused
(c.2000) Thomas’s first motorized mechanical sound sculpture/drummer. Seen here at Sidewalk Cafe, NYC. She was featured prominently on the first album, including ‘Ocean Orphan’. Currently retired.
(c.2002) The second of Truax’s motorized mechanical drum machines, Sister Spinster was built for the road, and made somewhat collapsible so that she could be flown overseas.
(2003) “He wore something on his back that looked a little like a UFO…goodness knows what the heck that was made out of…probably a real UFO given the unworldly noise […]
(b.2006) Combines spoons, aerodynamics, centrifugal force, a motorcycle headlamp and a playing card. On the road through 2007. “She provides great accompaniment on ‘Stranger on a Train’ replicating the sound […]
(Germany 2013) The Doctor was an extra-large spoked-wheel drum machine built into a large metal performance cage which held Thomas and his other instruments suspended by cables from the rafters […]
(Germany 2013) Created for ‘Peer Gynt’ which ran through Theater Dortmund’s 2013/14 Season
(2011) Born from a need for a Slinky and some ‘drums’ to get together, The Slinkopator appears on the September song of the Monthly Journal album. See it in action […]
(2008) Built for the cover of the song Black Tambourine by Beck, featured on the album ‘Songs from the Films of David Lynch’, and featuring a nasty pair of scissoring […]