Thursday, June 16, 2005

HyperPiano and orchestra

If you're in or near Boston, you might want to check out the Boston Pops' "Pops on the Edge" concert on June 22nd. On the program is
Tod Machover's concerto of sorts titled "Jeux Deux for Hyperpiano and Orchestra". A description of this interesting sounding work can be found here. As someone interested in computer technology and music production, I'm excited about the use and development of hyperinstruments in live-performance. In a broad sense, there's nothing particularly new in the interplay of electronica and accoustic instruments. What's engaging, at least to me based on the works description, is the ways in which the hyperpiano interacts with the pianists work. More, I wonder at what point "hyperinstruments" stop being "hyper pianos" or "hyper violins" and become "instruments" in their own rights? After all that's how I'd like to think of them.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Richter Competition in Moscow: THE NAME TO WATCH is:
Forget Mr. Sakharov as well as Mr. Katsnelson. The first one has neither the concept of music nor piano technique to give it voice (never had one in fact), the second is a mere piano student with enormous ambitions and failure on artistic delivery (watch him shamefully getting NO prize at all, and losing the Clara Haskil Competition of 2003!)

It is certain that Ms. Ejiri will NOT win "Richter"- Ms. Virsaladze and Mr. Bashkirov with the attached 'group' of Ms. Gutman, Mr. Maisenberg and Mr. Cosse - all old friends and various juries collaborators - will not allow that, naturally in favor of their own students Mr. Katsnelson and Mr. Nebolsin. Nevertheless, it is hard to hide the real artistic greatness and we, Moscovites know WHAT it is. And in this "Richter" competition there is ONLY ONE pianist who lives up to this definition: NAMI EJIRI - legendary quality playing from a world star from Japan!
(look for NAMI EJIRI on