Live Mechanics for piano and interactive electronics

Tychonas Michailidis (Photographer)

    Research output: Creative Practice OutputsPerformance


    The composition explores new musical and sonic sounds of an acoustic piano through human gestures and the excitation of vibrating motors. The performer controls through a pressure sensor glove the vibrating motors that are placed on the strings of the piano. The use of different vibrating motors produces a distinctive piano sound. Through the glove, the performer controls the amplitude of the vibrating motors that affects the overall sonic outcome of the piano. The piece uses live processing manipulation of the live piano sound and prerecorded sounds.
    There is no traditional notation but instead written guidelines about the layout of different audio processes and functions. The performer improvises through the learned system and as a result, there are many different performance versions without one necessarily being truthful to the score.
    While the composition uses the piano as the sounding instrument, the performer is not required to be a pianist to perform the piece skillfully. The vibrating motors and the relationship between the mechanical production of sounds, allows the performer to develop an embodiment relationship with the instrument and provides expressive performance nuances through the technology.
    Original languageEnglish
    Media of outputOnline
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2018
    EventSound, Music Computing Conference - Limassol, Cyprus
    Duration: 4 Jul 20187 Jul 2018


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