C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

Knehans, Douglas: touch 



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  • Program notes: 

    touch is the word that immediately came to mind when I first heard the playing of the commissioner of this work, pianist Carsten Schmidt. Carsten's extraordinarily fluid and sensitive touch coupled with the extremely malleable coloration which he imparts to it lead me to begin thinking about the notion of touch both as a title and as a structural concept for the work. The title implied to me the idea of a structure in which one idea 'touches' another while not 'becoming' another as in the traditional developmental model. Therefore in this work pianist and electronics share many of the same ideas but the medium imparts its own 'touch' to their delivery. The solo music can be shaped and phrased and colored in a much more fluid way than can the electronics which are delivered in a quite severe, almost mechanical, guise. touch was commissioned by Carsten Schmidt and the Volte Foundation of Amsterdam and written in 1997- 8 and then revised in 2010. The work is dedicated to him and to his sensitive artistry. The premiere of this work was given in 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio by pianist Kristofer Rucinski.

  • Technical specs: 

    2 x high quality speakers such as GENELEC 8531A 3 Way Powered Studio Monitors
    1 x high quality mixer such as Mackie 1402VLZ4 Compact Mixer
    1 x digital audio interface such as RME Fireface 802 Hybrid Audio Interface
    1 x computer for playback of audio files such as 13” Macbook Air
    2 x AES/EBU cables from mixer outputs to monitor inputs
    2 x AES/EBU cables from RME balanced audio outputs to mixer balanced inputs
    1 x Thunderbolt to Firewire convertor (for adapting output of Mac to input of RME)
    1 x Firewire cable for Macbook output to RME input
    Appropriate audio playback software such as LOGIC X, AUDACITY or REAPER (sound files are loaded into this software and then trigger from it).




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