The Spectral Piano Project

Date created: 
2013-04-05
Identifier: 
etd7752
Keywords: 
Spectral piano
Virtual musical gesture
Sound mass
Augmented piano
Timbre
Embodied
Abstract: 

The Spectral Piano project consists of two parts: the conception, design and physical creation of the Spectral Piano as an instrument, and the composition of a suite of music for it. An apparatus was created to allow direct electromagnetic excitation of 24 strings, producing very different timbres and dynamic envelopes than the conventional hammer driven piano string offers. The spectral piano may simultaneously and uniquely address any spectral component of each excited string. The ability to bend pitch, shimmer, pulse, and simultaneously create multiple pitches and timbres is possible. For the performance, music was composed which contrasts conventional piano with spectral piano in works compositionally linked in a variety of ways.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
Rights: 
Copyright remains with the author. The author granted permission for the file to be printed and for the text to be copied and pasted.
File(s): 
Verbal Performance Introduction
Into the Light, for conventional piano, performed by Andrew Czink
Into the Night, for spectral piano, performed by Doug Blackley
Running on Faith, for conventional piano, performed by Nancy Tam
Spectralis, for spectral piano and conventional piano, performed by Doug Blackley and Andrew Czink
Aurora, for spectral piano, performed by Doug Blackley and Andrew Czink
Midnight, for spectral piano, performed by Doug Blackley
Return, for spectral piano and conventional piano, performed by Doug Blackley and Andrew Czink
Concert applause and ending
Senior supervisor: 
Owen Underhill
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School for the Contemporary Arts
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.F.A.
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