Piano in a field of recordings : for piano and field recordings
by Stephen Adams (2014)
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The work sets a grand piano notionally in the midst of a field of chorusing frogs (recorded by Jounaama Pondage in Talbingo NSW). The pianist needs to be willing to let go of precise relationships between the piano and the frogs (aiming for a loose counterpoint or gently distracted coexistence closer to some contemporary improv) in order for the piece to work its hypnotic magic. The music makes a gradual transition from high-pitched, febrile vibrating textures to lower, more meditative and resonant soundworlds. The 6 one-minute field recording segments arranged in the sequence ABAACC.
Instrumentation: Grand piano plus multiple sound diffusion sources, ideally heterogenous rather than matched, scattered around and under the piano for the diffusion of the field recording. e.g. a collection of diverse smaller speakers, or a collection of transistor radios with the recording transmitted via a local fm transmitter. The field recording playback can be triggered by the player or operated by a separate sound tech.
Duration: 6 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Challenging fingering and shifting paterns in system-lenth units in interpretive interaction with field recording segments.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work: Field recordings; piano improv feel in loose contrapuntal and timbral interaction with recordings of massed frogs.
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