Playing with fire : for live acoustic piano and CD soundbed
by Diana Blom and Brendan Smyly (2018)
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Playing with fire : for live acoustic piano and CD soundbed / Diana Blom ; pre-recorded sounds by Brendan Smyly.
Library shelf no. 786.2/BLO 14 [Not for loan]
A collaboration between Diana Blom and Brendan Smyly, Playing
with Fire explores the sounds of live acoustic piano and
distorted piano. The two sound sources borrow and share pitch
fields and texture blocks. At times the live piano is
foregrounded and at other times the CD soundbed engulfs the piano
sound. Playing with Fire grew from Smyly's concentrated studio
production practice, a process of trial and experimentation both
in the recording room and inside the ProTools music production
software. The two spent productive hours trying different
microphones, signal processing and amplification set-ups to
explore distorted piano sounds. Smyly took recordings they made
and built the sound-bed for the piece.
The result captures the immediacy of the improvised gestures, drawn into a sonic narrative that highlights the piano's ability to adapt to a sound space usually occupied by more contemporary instruments.
Instrumentation: Piano, pre-recorded CD.
Duration: 7 min.
Written for: Tamara Anna Cislowska
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