One of my recent Compositions. Experimental Music with spoken word, Inspired by the poetry of James Elroy Flecker.
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I am busy recording prepared piano. Don't know what that is? Well its preparing the piano to make is sound different. You can insert thing between the strings and get some interesting effects. The piano can sound like percussion, bells and wood. It can be plucked, bowed , struck or played normally.
John Cage was the first to really explore prepared pianos. Check out one of his Sonatas and Interludes below to hear how it can sound. Other composers such as Marco Trevisani and Michael Edwards have since taken this to a new level by adding electronics in the album Apagon.
I have finished composing a piece for saxophone quartet using computer programming. The Quasar quartet, which are based in Quebec, will be playing it in March in Scotland. It features fibonacci pitch curves among other things. Looking forward to it.
Mike Kanno, is an international solo violinist and Professor of Artistic Doctoral Studies at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. VERY pleased that she played one of my aleatoric compositions today. Absolutely beautiful playing.
She is very interested in contemporary music and is involved in many interesting projects and concerts promoting new music.
Here is a video of her talking about her new post in Helsinki. What an interesting lady and a fantastic musician.
I spent the morning recording today. I wanted to capture stone sound, sounds of the violin and also prepared violin. This was done with solder wire wrapped around the strings, as well as electrical clips on the E and D strings. I also bowed cardboard. Cool sounds.
I used Neumanns KM 184s, 48000 hz and 24 bit rate.
Messing about with Max patching led to this tonight. Quite fun.
I came across the music of Conlon Nancarrow recently . He was a talented experimental composer born in 1912. He lived in Mexico and composed for player piano using scrolls. His music is very energetic and its drawing an increasing following in the last few years. For those of us that use coding there is much inspiration. His piano parts are often impossible to play live. Here's one below.