CURATED – STAVROS GASPARATOS – EXPANDED PIANO

> > > AUGUST 4 – 17, 2014 & NOVEMBER 7, 2014 PERFORMANCE AT EMPAC

> > > CURATOR: ASH BULAYEV (COMMISSIONED WORK)

> > > ARTIST: STAVROS GASPARATOS

3D Piano” is a musical installation – performance, composed engineered and performed by Stavros Gasparatos.The core of the project is the idea of an “wired – prepared” piano. An acoustic piano is wired with both contact and regular condenser microphones in many places in the strings, mechanism and body of the instrument. Each microphone’ s signal is being manipulated live, through a computer and then routed to a deferent output channel creating an multichannel space that puts the audience “inside” the piano.

Performance DAW – all microphone signals from the piano will be routed to the performance DAW. The sound manipulation as well as the actual performance will be made using dedicated software: mainly Ableton Live & Max MSP for Live. The above software will process the signals of the wired piano and will mix them accordingly, resulting to the 40 output channels (36 & 4 subwoofers). The performer will control this computer.

Processing DAW – a second computer (processing DAW) will be digitally linked to the Performance DAW (via Ethernet or optical fiber) and it will perform the heavy processing tasks. The more demanding tasks from the computational point of view are the real-time convolutions with the in-piano impulse responses (i.e. the piano filters). The above filtering will be performed via appropriate software, either Ableton Live & Max for Live or Pro Tools. The performer will control the parameters of those filters (impulse responses) on stage, via a hardware controller. Apart from the filtering function, the Processing DAW will also perform any other computationally expensive task during the performance.

Stavros Gasparatos is a composer and digital sound artist, who lives and works in Athens, Greece. He mainly composes music for dance, theatre and cinema, but he is also frequently working on solo projects. His music has been performed in all major Greek theatres and concert venues (including the ancient Epidaurus theatre, the Onassis Cultural Centre, the Megaron Concert Hall, etc) and also in the UK (London), China (Macao), Italy (Napoly), Germany (Berlin), Nederlands (Amsterdam) and Bulgaria (Sofia). He is a frequent collaborator of the National Greek Theatre and he is considered as one of the most important composers of the new Greek generation. In 2009 he composed the music for the opening ceremony of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens (watch video), directed by Athina Tsagari..

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