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Chunk : for disklavier, grand piano and MaxMSP

by Cat Hope (2011)



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Chunk : for disklavier, grand piano and MaxMSP / Cat Hope.

Library shelf no. Q 786.2/HOP 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This is work that explores and compares the possibilities of the human pianist with the mechanical piano. Being interested in noise and maximal musics, I was fascinated with the possibility of the mechanical piano to play all notes at once, or in larger 'chunks' - something a person would find difficult to do without mechanical assistance of some kind. The score is fed through a MaxMSP 'reader' for both pianos, but the disklavier uses MIDI messges to read its score. This piece sets human interpretation against the abilities of the machine, and is dedicated to Mark Gasser: the pianist who I think could get closest to proving humans are better.

maxMSP programming and player by Jarryd Bird.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: one live pianist with grand piano, one recent model Diskavier grand piano. Laptop running MaxMSP program, midi connection to disklavier from laptop which is positioned on live piano as score reader for live pianist. Can also be installed as a solo installation for Disklavier.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — fast and complex reading of graphic score

Dedication note: Dedicated to Mark Gasser

The composer cites the following influences on this work:

noise music; score reader


Resonate article: Insight: Drawing music by Cat Hope


Performances of this work

27 Oct 11: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Perth, as part of the 'Mechanical Piano' program. Featuring Mark Gasser.

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