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Options July 18, 2018: The Prepared Piano

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The Prepared Piano, artists exploring the underbelly of the ivory juggernaut,
with John Cage & James Tenney, Hauschka, Tangerine Dream,
Toshiro Mayuzumi, Denman Maroney & Hans Tammen,
and Stephen Scott’s Bowed Piano Ensemble.

Artist Track Album Label Year Comments
Brian Eno  Little Fishes   Options Another Green World  EMI / Virgin  1975  Yes, there is prepared piano in there. 
Malawi Mouse Boys  Kulira Kwambewa (The Crying of the Mouse)   Options Forever is 4 U  Omnivore Records  2016  Ridgewood Radio Theme https://lovesupportunite.org 
Music behind DJ:
Angelo Badalamenti  
The World Spins (edit)   Options Floating Into The Night  Warner  1989  The Badalamenti/David Lynch vehicle for Julee Cruise, shamelessly edited for David W chitchat. 
Hauschka  La Seine   Options The Prepared Piano  Karaoke Kalk  2005  Hauschka, aka Volker Bertelmann, also of the hip-hop duo God’s Favorite Dog, has championed prepared piano techniques throughout his career. 
Toshiro Mayuzumi  Pieces for Prepared Piano and Strings (Finale)   Options Pieces for Prepared Piano and Strings  First Edition  2004  Mayuzumi (1929-97) the first Japanese composer to create works of musique concrète and electronic music, composed 1957, Louisville Orchestra with Benjamin Owen. 
Denman Maroney & Hans Tammen  Mad Rhyme   Options Arson  Out Now Recordings  2014  Maroney, hyperpiano; Tammen, endangered guitar, with guitar and piano sound processing 
Stephen Scott  Entrada   Options The Bowed Piano Ensemble  YouTube  1999  Performed at Packard Hall, Colorado College. Lovely video shows all the action. 10 players bowing, plucking, hammering clustered around a single piano. 
Tangerine Dream  Rubycon, Part 1   Options Rubycon  Virgin Records  1975  Edgar Froese - mellotron, guitar and VCS 3 synthesizer; Peter Baumann - organ, EMS Synthi A, electric piano (Fender Rhodes) and prepared piano; Christopher Franke - double Moog synthesizer, Synthi A, organ, modified Elka organ and prepared piano. 
John Cage/James Tenney  Sonatas & Interludes   Options Sonatas & Interludes  hat[now]ART  2012  Recorded in the studios of KPFK, Los Angeles on July 18, 2002. Composed in 1946–48. Pianist Tenney has earned a place in the constellations for about a hundred other reasons, and this delicious realization adds another sparkle. 

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm fred:

Good afternoon David, Ruth and Ridgewood listeners
@David: You should check out Sophie Agnel's work if you get the chance
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:04pm fred:

It is happening again
Avatar 3:04pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever Wed. 5-7pm ET):

Sounds yummy
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:05pm Webhamster Henry:

Well this sounds like fun!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:06pm Webhamster Henry:

There's a good Sonatas and Interludes done by Joshua Pierce, whose done a lot of Cage work.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:08pm listener james from westwood:

In since the start but hey-hey-helloing now!!
Avatar 3:09pm david w:

Welcome Fred and Ken and Henry and James and all.... I'm certain to hear about other great pieces and recordings that use prepared piano. Let's find as many as we can!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:12pm Webhamster Henry:

There's a Cage Trust endorsed Prepared Piano sampled instrument from Big Fish Audio, in case you don't have room for one, and a box of preparations and instructions.
Avatar 3:13pm david w:

Henry, that is so tempting. And interesting that it got endorsed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:14pm Webhamster Henry:

I was a little involved with Kevin Hobby's Hyperpiano project: wound strings are precisely unwound to achieve a desired partial structure:
Avatar 3:14pm geezerette:

Hello, David, Ruth, Ridgewoodians and properly prepared pianos.
Ears open!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:15pm fred:

I'm pretty sure The World Spins isn't from 1970: I wasn't born then, and I was in college when Twin Peaks blew my mind
Avatar 3:17pm geezerette:

"endangered guitar" :)
Avatar 3:17pm david w:

Thanks, Fred. Fixed.
Avatar 3:18pm david w:

Hello Gzette! These two have great titles and blurbs about their music, which I always admire.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:19pm Webhamster Henry:

As you can hear in this Maroney/Tammen cut, there are few devices called "Hyperpiano". I think Tod Machover probably has one too.
Avatar 3:22pm david w:

Good point, Henry. That term was a little too low hanging to stay fresh forever.
Avatar 3:30pm geezerette:

Entrada, beautiful. Also great title.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:40pm Webhamster Henry:

The Una Corda piano by David Klavins is a lightweight piano that only has one string per note (usual pianos double and triple and quadruple them up), and has a "tone modulator" that presses felt on the strings.
Avatar 3:44pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever Wed. 5-7pm ET):

Sigh, I haven't remixed Tangerine Dream in months!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:46pm listener james from westwood:

No-bod-y beats the Tanj! Nobody beats the Tanj!
Avatar 3:47pm david w:

That Klavins piano is gorgeous!
Avatar 3:49pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever Wed. 5-7pm ET):

Hmm, that's got a sound from Pink Floyd's "Echoes"
Avatar 3:49pm david w:

And here enters the Tangerine piano!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:49pm melinda:

hi friends!
Avatar 3:50pm northguineahills:

First Tang album I got!
Avatar 3:51pm david w:

Melinda! Welcome! Join the romp.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:52pm fred:

I never got Tangerine Dream, but this is pretty good
Avatar 3:53pm david w:

Aged well yes?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:54pm fred:

It is happening again, It is happening again
Avatar 3:55pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever Wed. 5-7pm ET):

This is what happens when I don't use real words
Avatar 3:59pm geezerette:

Clicked the Rubycon.
Tenney & Cage dear to my heart.
Avatar 3:59pm david w:

I have nothing to think and I am thinking it.
Avatar 4:00pm david w:

Thanks geez, I did think you would like this batch.
Avatar 4:01pm geezerette:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:02pm melinda:

I clicked the rubycon too.
Avatar 4:03pm geezerette:

that gamelan sound...
Avatar 4:03pm geezerette:

Hey Melinda!
Avatar 4:10pm david w:

Cool, Melinda. I did not immediately love this piece, being more attracted to their wilder stuff. But it is quite thoughtfully made.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:12pm fred:

This is delightful
Avatar 4:14pm geezerette:

I love the silences.
Avatar 4:15pm david w:

Tenney seems to get the instrument to ring more than some of the other recordings (many that I adore). One magic hour. Enjoy.
Avatar 4:15pm geezerette:

There's time for the sounds to register.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:19pm Webhamster Henry:

Yes, this is a really delicate version.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:20pm Webhamster Henry:

Maybe you can do a Tenney show featuring the wide range of his work.
Avatar 4:21pm geezerette:

Webhamster, great idea.
Avatar 4:21pm david w:

I'd love to do a Tenney show, specially if I could get Larry Polansky down here to tall the backstory.
Avatar 4:22pm david w:

er *tell
Avatar 4:22pm david w:

Can't talk, can't type, can't think. Mustn't think!
Avatar 4:28pm Sem:

Immersed in the show to just below my nose holes. Having a wonderful time, thanks DW, and all at Ridgewood Radio-worxs.
Avatar 4:29pm david w:

Nice image, Sem. Maybe you can breathe through your ears?
Avatar 4:33pm northguineahills:

Also have this Cage/Tenney (busy painting the office.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:34pm fred:

That farmers' market is going to get unexpectedly interesting produce, Sem
Avatar 4:36pm david w:

I saw that, ngh. You are getting new digs. Congrats!
Avatar 4:43pm david w:

I only noticed after this started playing that it was recorded on July 18. That is today's date!
Avatar 4:46pm geezerette:

!!! :D
Avatar 4:47pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever Wed. 5-7pm ET):

Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:50pm Webhamster Henry:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:50pm listener james from westwood:

Oh, that was great to hear in full.
Avatar 4:51pm geezerette:

That was gorgeous. Thanks so much, David.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:53pm Webhamster Henry:

Thanks David! #mykindofmusic
  4:54pm ?:

wow thanks for the cage / tenney sonatas... what a fab preformance and recording!
Avatar 4:55pm david w:

Thanks to all of you, very satisfying day.
Avatar 4:55pm geezerette:

L James,hiya!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:56pm listener james from westwood:

Hey there, geezerette!
Avatar 4:57pm geezerette:

How's your summer?
Avatar 4:58pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever Wed. 5-7pm ET):

Up next: "A weekly touchstone of unreality amid hard reality." Hypnotic blend and comforting shapeless wordthoughts. Come on this dazzling journey, and let your earsmindheart be lost and found.
Come over to the playlist! wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:00pm listener james from westwood:

Thanks, David and Ruth!
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