Tag: EBow

EBows in pianos

As per this post and in anticipation of the forthcoming Audiograft 2012 festival, during each day in February 2011, a recording created during Audiograft 2011 will be played here as a Sound Diary entry. The whole series will act like an album of sonic snapshots from the festival; though without frames, without borders, and filled with the overspilling sounds of the surrounding world.

In this recording, we hear Catherine Laws reading from an Alvin Lucier score, and demonstrating how EBows use electromagnetic waves to excite the strings inside a Grand piano. The recording contains the sounds and text of reading from a book, touching piano strings, talking about the use of EBows inside Grand pianos, and using an EBow. You can also hear some very slight traces of handling as the microphone recording the sounds is moved around the piano.

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EBow and Festival Launch

As per this post and in anticipation of the forthcoming Audiograft 2012 festival, during each day in February 2011, a recording created during Audiograft 2011 will be played here as a Sound Diary entry. The whole series will act like an album of sonic snapshots from the festival; though without frames, without borders, and filled with the overspilling sounds of the surrounding world.

Today’s sound was heard during the launch event of Audiograft 2011, during which Paul Whitty inserted an EBow into the piano on the top floor of the foyer, in a performance. This caused the strings inside the piano to resonate. People talking, neighbouring works and people traversing the stairs and corridors in the building may also be heard.

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