Flügel •

by Stephen Cornford

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The music across these four albums was all recorded while I was developing a means of preparing the piano electromagnetically, in order to change its language from a percussive one to one of sustained tones. I used guitar pick-ups placed just above the strings, and various objects placed onto the strings as more traditional preparations: the one vibrating the other.

While learning how this system worked I spent many weekends recording in the remarkable peace and excellent studio facilities of what was then Dartington College of Arts. On one occassion while recording I stepped outside to find a bird had flown into the windows of the adjacent studio building, in honour of whom the work gained the title Flügel, the German word for both grand piano and wing.

These pieces were among the first music that I ever recorded, and at the time I neither had great confidence in them, nor the inclination to sift through the many hours of material that I produced in these two years. But more than a decade later they seem to merit a public airing.


released June 19, 2020

Recorded 2007 - 2008 at Dartington College of Arts.

With thanks to, and in memory of, Bob Gilmore.


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