Boomkat Product Review:
Low-key, charmingly eccentric solo piano works on the ever curious Reckno label
“Reckno is extremely proud to present PIANO MUSIC, two side long live recordings featuring the piano as the primary sound source.
On Side A: the composer and inventor Leafcutter John joins forces with the sound artist Devon Loch for an improvised duet, utilising John's self-made light interface and a piano that had sat unused for decades in the Margate Arts Club.
By connecting ultra sensitive contact microphones to the antique piano's frame, the pair were able to sample notes and other timbres from the instrument's strings and body, which were manipulated live using a photo-sensitive grid stimulated with an array of bike lights, torches and sparklers.
The result is an investigative, transportive piece of electro-acoustic music. Between sparse dissonance and flurries of alien texture, the performance keeps at its heart a sensitive understanding - like two unfamiliar creatures attempting communication for the first time.
Performance/sound artist Claire Orme takes us on an elegant trip across the dark sea using the piano as a boat. Vibraphone, violin and live sampling merge to conjure images of a ritual happening on the shore; only partially visible through the fog. Orme uses the space and the objects around her to create a fragile dreamlike sound world, the initial beauty giving way to mechanical clanking and violin contortions. Everything ends with the piano back on dry land and a romantic encounter with a Ghost.”