An aerial view of a man leaning over an open grand piano, plucking at its strings.

Expanded Piano

Stavros Gasparatos
Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8PM
Concert Hall

" of Greece's leading modern composers and sound-designers"

Imagine being inside a piano. Imagine the piano expanded to the size of a concert hall. This EMPAC-commissioned concert and installation is grounded in the idea of “prepared piano,” a tradition where screws, rubbers, bolts, etc., are attached to the strings inside a piano, altering the sound. Building on the many famous mechanically prepared piano compositions from John Cage to Aphex Twin, Expanded Piano transforms the idea into a uniquely electronic form.

An acoustic piano is wired with both regular microphones and contact microphones attached to the body of the piano, its strings, and mechanisms. Each microphone’s signal is manipulated in real time through a computer and then routed to its own loudspeaker, creating a multichannel space around the audience that puts the listeners “inside” the piano.

Main Image: Video Still: Expanded Piano in the Concert Hall in 2014. Photo: EMPAC/Rensselaer


Dates + Tickets

Expanded Piano
Stavros Gasparatos
Friday 7
8:00 PM
November 2014