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Piano in a field of recordings (piano with pre-recorded sound)

by Stephen Adams (2014)

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It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

The work sets a grand piano notionally in the midst of a feild 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.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Grand piano plus multiple sound difusion sources, ideally heterogenous rather than matched, scattered around and under the piano for the difussion 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.

Commission note: Commissioned by University of Western Sydney Music Department for performance by Tamara Anna Cislowska.. Commissioned for the Playing with Fire project.

First performance: by Tamara Anna Cislowska at Playing with Fire (Performance space, University of Western Sydney) on 30 Aug 2014

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.

Performances of this work

30 Aug 2014: at Playing with Fire (Performance space, University of Western Sydney). Featuring Tamara Anna Cislowska.

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