for piano and tape/recorded media(2012)
|Premiere||September 14, 2012; Moving Sounds Festival, New York; Annie Gosfield, piano|
|Technical requirements||This piece requires audio playback. A .wav file of the backing track is included with purchase.|
Phantom Shakedown is performed live on piano, accompanied by samples of detuned and prepared piano, a grinding cement mixer, the howl of a malfunctioning shortwave radio, and a mixed din of tube noise and other failing technologies. The piece is an audio snapshot of my odd sonic environment, and juxtaposes the wide mix of piano music that I have absorbed over the years, from John Cage to James Booker, along with some recently recorded off-kilter mechanical sounds.
Phantom Shakedown is part of an ongoing series of compositions for solo acoustic instruments with electronics that I developed in close collaboration with individual musicians. Composed for the Tzadik CD “Almost Truths and Open Deceptions”, this is the first piece in the series that I perform myself. It completes this CD’s unofficial theme of compositions that feature raucous, noisy keyboard playing, from cluster-heavy piano parts to driving machine samples.
– Annie Gosfield