Whilst doing the Sound and Music instagram takeover on Tuesday the 3rd, I attended the piano installation event. Our group’s slot was at 19:30, and an ex-student of the Purcell School showed us some pianos that were originally planned to be condemned, but had been reworked in wacky ways.
I really enjoyed the piano installation event. The ex-student showed us all of the different sounds possible. My favourite piano was the 4th one, where some of the notes had added coins creating a metallic effect. From the installation I have learnt that there are so many different ways of using instruments, and exploring the more obscure sounds that can be achieved can really take your composition to the next level.
I would have loved to have more time to experiment with the pianos, as I feel with more time I could’ve created more solid ideas for my composition.
This event has definitely inspired me to see more of this art form, because it has only scratched the surface on the creativity possible through playing with the mechanics of pianos. If I were recommending this event to someone else, I would say make the most of the time you’ve got with the pianos, and record some samples of sounds that you would like to explore in your own composition.