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Le Piano Démécanisé - Amour éternel

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Published on Feb 17, 2010

Le Piano Démécanise
Frederik Croene

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The fulfilled, intimate feel of 'amour éternel' voices the unity between instrument and musician, necessary for the concept. The low, dark basses create a resounding universe in which the pianist can daringly prove his love for the strings and resonance with almost painful glissandi. There is a third layer of harp-like sounds which are, in between glissandi and basses, reminiscent of classical piano playing and which act as an intermediary between the two antagonists.

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- A guide for the nostalgic pianist.

"I decided to sabotage the piano and therefore my education at the conservatory. All scores become unplayable, I become inert from a piano player's point of view. The sense of direction disappears, there's no more of that black and white geography, only bass copper strings to the right and shorter and shorter strings to the left.
Classical note systems become unusable. The love for the instrument is so strong however that I choose to recover the wreckage of the piano (keys, pieces of fabric, metal tenons...). I use the key as multipurpose mallets, I sometimes introduce piano parts in between the strings and re-build the instrument which can't be relied to produce exact notes anymore. Furthermore, nothing keeps me from listening to the sound of the varnish being scraped off. Freed from classical tuning I stretch the broken strings right across the frame.

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