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Andrew Pekler - Prepaid Piano & Replayed LP 26426

Andrew Pekler - Prepaid Piano & Replayed LP 26426
A—The Prepaid Piano: "Inside a grand piano, five mobile tele­phones rest directly on the strings in five different areas of the piano sound-board. Calling any one of the telephones activates its vibration alarm, thereby directly ‘play­ing’ the strings on which the phone happens to be lying. Audience members choose which parts of the piano are ‘played’ by calling any of the five telephones’ numbers — either from their own mobile phones or from the provided stationary telephones. Contact microphones attached to the piano’s soundboard pick up the sounds of the mobile phones vibrating the piano strings and pass them on to a voltage-controlled modular synthesizer.“

B—Replayed: "Using the audio-to-MIDI function in Ableton Live software, the Prepaid Piano recordings from side A are algorithmically analysed and converted into MIDI notation. When applied to the harmonically and rhythmically ambiguous Prepaid Piano recordings, the audio-to-MIDI device’s inherent limitations are magnified. The MIDI notation it generates under these circumstances is effectively an original composition which (although distantly related to the source material) is the result of the audio-to-MIDI algorithm’s inability to correctly ‘read’ the information it is presented with. The newly generated MIDI notation is then used to control and play a synthesizer consisting of an oscil­lator, sampler, filter, and effects modules."

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