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“Subsector 6.1” – an extension of “Sectors I-V” for 3 pianos and an ongoing work for 2 mechanical pianos.
Piano 1: Yamaha Disklavier Pro (reproducing technology by Yamaha Japan engineers) Piano 2: Bösendorfer Imperial SE (reproducing technology by Wayne Stahnke)
Performance data for the pianos was programmed by Anatoly Larkin. Translation algorithms were used to convert the MIDI-based performance score into usable key and pedal data. The 2 pianos were tuned and voiced by piano technician Marc Wienert. This performance was recorded in Greywalls Studio Hall by Bernie Grunwald for the PwO Festival (Pianos without Organs) in Raleigh, NC.
The Rolling Bösendorfer
“Rolling Bösendorfer” is an installment of Hans Tammen’s work that focuses on mechanical sounds produced by remotely controllable instruments, performed at the “Pianos Without Organs” 2016.
Postscript to the 2016 Pianos without Organs Festival
Hello all! We are pleased to announce that from the 7th-9th of October the Pianos without Organs Festival premiered 14 new works to North Carolina audiences!
We are SO thankful to NMUSA for seeing our vision and helping us carry it forward. We’ve been asked back so hopefully we’ve begun a new annual music festival in North Carolina!
Because of Hurricane Matthew we did have to postpone Saturday’s concerts until Sunday, making Sunday a marathon day. The pianos and the hall sounded incredible and we introduced New Music to an audience that generally had little experience of it until our festival. The venue was very intimate: Q&A sessions often quite naturally arose after performances with composers and audience members carrying conversations into the dining area after performances.
The festival was well documented with two sound engineers and a videographer taking photos, video, and high quality audio recordings. We will present some of the audio and video documentation here as well as on our website (www.pianoswithoutorgans.com) as it is released.
We are excited to present the world premiere of a collaboration between Alex Grimes, Daniela Amórtegui, and Angela Guyton entitled So many nails piercing the flesh, so many forms of torture for two computer-controlled pianos, fixed audio and video. There will be more to come!
Many thanks for your continued interest and support!
Robot Instruments, Live Human Performers
The 2016 PwO Festival boldly transgresses lines between human and non-human mechanisms. Don’t miss the live synthesis, the symbiosis, of human beings and technologies October 7th-9th in Raleigh, NC!
The 2016 Pianos without Organs Festival event page
Announcing the Program for the 2016 PwO Festival!!
We are thrilled to bring what we think is a unique and cutting edge program to a truly unique space in North Carolina this October! Please check it out and RSVP if you would like to come! www.pianoswithoutorgans.com/program
Pianos without Organs video preview
Pianos without Organs is honored and excited to have the support of New Music USA!
We hope to see you in Raleigh in October! For those who can’t make it we will have audio and video documentation. Please check out the website pianoswithoutorgans.com for more information.
PIANOS WITHOUT ORGANS IS A MUSIC FESTIVAL DEDICATED TO THE PRESENTATION OF NEW WORKS IN THE NORTH CAROLINA REGION. THE FESTIVAL EMERGED FROM A DESIRE TO CONNECT COMPOSERS AND AUDIENCES IN THE REGION WITH THOSE WORKING IN NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONTEXTS VIA THE UNIQUE FACILITIES OFFERED AT GREYWALLS HALL.
THE NAME OF THE FESTIVAL – A PLAY ON THE ANTONIN ARTAUD/GILLES DELEUZE CONCEPT OF A BODY WITHOUT ORGANS – CONVEYS AN INTEREST IN INNOVATIVE AND CRITICAL APPROACHES TO BODIES AND INSTRUMENTS, MECHANISM AND PROSTHESIS; THROUGH PERFORMANCES, TALKS, OPEN FORUM DISCUSSIONS, AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES.
WE ARE EXCITED TO PRESENT (AT LEAST) FIVE WORLD PREMIERES AND THREE U.S. PREMIERES DURING SIX CONCERTS OVER THE WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 7TH-9TH, 2016. IT IS OUR GOAL TO PRESENT THIS EVENT TO THE PUBLIC FREE OF CHARGE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE UNIQUE VENUE AND ASSEMBLAGE OF COMPOSERS AND PERFORMERS WE HAVE ENGAGED, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE: PIANOSWITHOUTORGANS.COM
“…an infernal rhythm machine” Fabrice Vanoverberg, Rifraf.
Recently released on Clang recordings, the piece explores the sonic capabilities of the Disklavier machine. Technically the Disklavier is fed too much information, and at the lowest possible volume. At this point the hammers do not have enough power to bang the strings anymore, and ideally they only vibrate to produce a low rumbling sound. Occasionally the MIDI brain stops for a few seconds – “chokes” – on a chord due to the data overload, hence the title “Choking Disklavier”.
Collaboration between Composer and Instrument builder Ian Hattwick and Cellist/mover/researcher, Seth Parker Woods.
The prosthetic digital Spine was designed and built Joseph Malloch at CIRMMT/ McGill University- Montreal, CA.
Almost Human was created from a research and creation residency at McGill in 2013-14 while Seth Parker Woods was in researcher in residence at CIRMMT/IDMIL at McGill University.
Percussion+Guitar for two computer-controlled flutes (contrary to the title), features a specially designed instrument built at Columbia University’s Computer Music Center. This composition is a duet with a structure defined by heightened rhythmic angularity and blazing fast speeds demonstrating the computer’s special skills as a performer.
Start and End Dates
10/07/2016 — 10/09/2016
Raleigh, North Carolina