Sampled piano, electronics.
These are a series of short ‘preludes’ for sampled piano and live electronics based on texts collected by Reinaldo Laddaga. These texts are from a larger series that he has compiled under the name “More Short And Amazing Stories: Eighty Trailers”. This is an anthology (accompanied by audio tracks from various composers) conceived as a hypothetical sequel to the 1956 anthology by Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares.
The concept taken in the composition of the 6 pieces that are contributed to this anthology is one that reflects the orientalism of the material coming from the western point of view, and a sense of the antiquated values contained in the stories. The starting point is the idea of a the ‘piano prelude’. These pieces take existing preludes from the piano repertoire, by composers such as Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Scriabin etc., and remap them onto a foreign keyboard and tuning system, as if one is playing a known piece but it comes out through the altered instrument as a ‘fiction’.
- First live performance by Saskia Lankhoorn at the Korzo, Den Haag, October 3rd 2012