This Web 1.0 webpage is no longer maintained, but will remain online for
historical reasons. To stay informed on my compositional activities after
2014, please visit my Weblog. Thanks
for 15 good years! - S.H. 2015-10-22
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,
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 in 2008.
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.