Pia[NOT] Etude

2018, 5th/2nd order Ambisonics

Program Notes

When is a piano not a piano any longer? Does it need physical keys? Does it want a respectable tuning? How about a nicely finished veneer? Working dampers? We postulate that none of those are really needed. This short Etude explores some the sounds and resonances of one of the piano skeletons recorded as part of the Weathered Pianos project and "tuned" over a year of exposure to California weather patterns. This big database of sounds is explored by SuperCollider instruments and algorithms. These recordings of all kinds of percussion sounds were captured in our Recording Studio using first and second order Ambisonics microphones created by the composer as part of the SpHEAR project.


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