Tropfen/Skalen (2008)

for two pianos, amplification and fixed media electronics

ZKM Karlsruhe

Llu´sa EspigolÚ and Weronika Krowka premiered this piece at the ╗Piano Plusź festival at the ZKM (Center for Art and Media) Karlsruhe on December 11th 2008.

In this piece, the two pianos are amplified with contact mics mounted under the keyboard to blow up the mechanical sounds of the piano. Over the course of the whole piece, the distance between the listener and the piano becomes smaller, i.e. more and more subtle piano sounds are transported to the listeners ear. Other processes were the increasing desynchronisation of at the beginning coupled elements, like player 1-player 2, hands-feet (pedal), hands-hands and hands-fingers. At the very end, a recording of the dampers touching the strings is being played back.