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Marc Sabat, Lorenzo Pompa

Wave Piano Scenery Player

Label: Maria de Alvear World Edition

Format: CD

Genre: Compositional

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Wave Piano Scenery Player consists of several artifacts brought into a single structure: large black oil paintings on paper sheets dividing an automatic grand piano in two parts (sounding body, keyboard); tree pieces of music hamonically linking the 88 keys of the piano by combining them with mirotonally tuned sinewaves; a subwoofer/loudspeaker reproducing the elctronic tones; a pianist and a computer, both acting as performers.

The time-based form is deivides into threee parts, in which Sabat composes the same sound material on three different levels of temporal scale. The plastic structure is defined by a dividing wall consttructed from a series of works by Pompa ("Mapping the Universe"). These were made by obsessively repeated markings on paper painted with black oil colour, and refer to recent research attempting to generate a cosmic cartography. For the first two parts of the piece, performed in a concert setting before a seated audience, pianist Stephen Clarke entered in the usual manner but then disappeared behind the sculpture to play. On the subsequent days, the third part of the piece was presented as an installation, allowing the public to come and go freely, to observe the scenery and its individual elements from all sides.

Cat. number: we0016
Year: 2010

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