Since my discovery of the amazing work of American Composer Conlon
Nancarrow (1912 - 1997) I was fascinated by the idea of
a composing for a mechanically driven Grand Piano, which is also called
Pianola (yes, the one you see in Western Saloons) or Player Piano. Not the
machinery itself drew my attention but by the idea of overcoming the
limitations of a human piano player who only has two hands with ten
fingers. I liked the idea of using the keyboard in a REALLY independent,
freestyle way. - The easiest way to achieve this is to create scores for
the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) which can be processed by
some contemporary Player Pianos (Yamaha, Seiler).
Learn more on Ego-Shooter (2015) here (in German).
Ocean (2012) is a composition for 2 microtonal MIDI
keyboards. Learn more about the concept here (in German).
The three-part Player Piano Sonata 2008 is based on a
straight piano improvisation, which was subtly quantized afterwards.
Morphe héroïque is based on Erik Satie's "Prélude de La
Porte Héroïque du Ciel" of 1894. A Standard MIDI File of this composition
was processed with the Style
Morpher software. The result was finished manually in a MIDI Sequencer
Piano-Rag Morph is based on Igor Strawinsky's
"Piano-Rag Music" of 1919. A Standard MIDI File of this composition was
processed with the Style Morpher
software. The result was finished manually in a MIDI Sequencer in 2007.
Three Movements and Kadenz were
created in October 2005 using Music Mouse
by Laurie Spiegel.