the kindness comes from netlabelism!
There’s no way around it: pianos were harmed in the making of this music. There are four tracks that form the core of “Nothing New” that were played on a piano that spent many months out in a field near Llangollen, Wales. Unprotected and exposed to the elements (heavy rains, snow, large temperature swings), the piano suffered an inevitable breakdown. Dickinson visited regularly and improvised music on the piano in whatever condition it was found.
This is not, however, just a collection of aimless abstract noise. He does great job finding a way to play the piano in its diminishing condition, pulling together interesting tracks that are challenging but with accessible underlying elements and melodies. You can feel badly for the piano that gave its all for these songs, but you will hear that it was for a noble cause.
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ant is a north wales based musician, sound designer, recorder and technologist. he works with unconventional instrumentation and digital processes integrating elements of improvisation and indeterminism.
nothing new is the result of improvisations conducted on a piano left to rot in a field throughout 2012 and 2013. each time ant went to play the piano it was a different instrument. the piano was documented in all conditions – sun, rain, snow. the piece piano duet 2 is a duet between a piano dropped from a forklift and a grand piano.
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