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The Piano Makers

Barnard, Matthew



Furthering the research into the binaural method, and specifically the ‘ear-shot’ aesthetic, this piece also explores the evolving soundscape - more specifically, the disappearance of sounds and the significance of the recording process thereof. The Kemble Piano Factory was the last to exist in the United Kingdom, until it was shut down (‘relocated’) by Yamaha. Recording was conducted prior to the news of the relocation and thus the research took on a new significance after the material capturing process. In addition to the in-ear binaural process, the employment of a ‘Jecklin-disc’ stereo array contributed studio-based material capture that conveyed a binaural-like, externalised signal. <div>Programme note: From The Piano Makers, written by D. Wainwright: The frame and strings of a fully strung grand piano must withstand the pressure of about 20 tonnes The Kemble piano factory in Milton Keynes was the last to exist in the UK until its recent relocation to Indonesia and Japan. Using binaural recordings made during a visit to the factory before its closure, The Piano Makers is a study of piano material and manufacture, and the idea of the tension and pressure that the instrument withstands. With thanks to Peter Corney and all of the Kemble Pianos Ltd. employees at Milton Keynes for obliging my intrusion.</div>


Barnard, M. The Piano Makers

Digital Artefact Type Audio
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords Binaural, composition, soundscape, acousmatic,
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