I used to play the piano, I still do, but I used to, too (2016)
HYDRA system at Harvard in Paine Hall
This piece is my first encounter with electroacoustic composition. I took Hans Tutschku's famous Intro to electroacoustic music course at Harvard in my final semester. In the beginning of the course we worked with traditionally non-musical sounds: paper, metal, glass, wood, plastic, water, and so on. This piece is made from sounds made with a piano. Though hardly an original idea, I thought as a pianist, composer, and improviser, that I might enjoy the challenge of using a bit of each of those three modes of music-making in my first attempt at an acousmatic composition; at the same time, I thought, perhaps the computer could show me something about the piano, about composition, about improvisation, which I didn't know before. I’ve attempted to show something new and interesting with the sounds of something that is very recognizable. Premiered with diffusion by the composer on the HYDRA system at Harvard in Paine Hall on May 10, 2016.