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prepared piano

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(Instruments) a piano in which some strings have been damped by having objects placed between them or tuned differently from the rest for specific tonal effect. This process was pioneered by John Cage
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Germany's Magda Mayas accompanied "Voyage a travers l'impossible" for prepared piano and keyboards.
The prepared piano produces a tinny, toy-like color that adds a sense of childish simplicity to the already melodically simple and accompanimentally sparse songs.
Mostly performing as a trio, the group have used multiple prepared electric guitars struck with percussion mallets in an exciting sonic experiment, reminiscent of John Cage's work with prepared piano.
Gasparatos will perform as part of his Expanded Piano project, which will transform the Rialto theatre into a giant piano as the pianist plays his prepared piano piece.
Most of his output seems to fall under the rubric of twelve-tone music, but references to performance art, popular music, minimalism, prepared piano, jazz, swing, and boogie-woogie also appear in Hennenberg's descriptions (pp.
11 Easily Prepared Piano Arrangements, arranged by Carol Tornquist.
Cage's own invention, prepared piano was a standard piano whose strings were rigged with paper, rubber bands, and other materials to produce clanky or buzzy percussive sounds.
On piano is Craig Taborn, on double bass is Larry Grenadier, and on drums is Eric Harland, while playing a more subtle addition to this core quartet is David Virelles, who adds prepared piano, celeste and harmonium.
The malevolent description aims to evoke in the reader the impression that Cage's music - here, Gorodinsky is evidently referring to his works for prepared piano - represents something impertinent and unacceptable:
He combines his classical training with a highly experimental approach, focusing his efforts on the prepared piano - placing objects (including leather, tin foil, and corks) on or in between the strings of the instrument.
Each song was arranged on a prepared piano around a central structure, which was then elaborated on or winnowed down with help from his literal bags of tricks.