From the Archives: Live Improvisation on Piano and Electronics

One of the most important lessons artists need to learn is one that is never taught: document everything. It’s gotten so much easier in recent years and people still forget to point a camera at their projects. Good documentation keeps your ideas alive.

After recently getting my video groove back on, I pulled out some video archives. The perspective in this video adds an extra layer to it — a live improvised composition of its own. Video artist Sarah Smiley documented this for me in May of 2002.

I had been doing a series of piano experiments, with the main goal of playing back reversed piano. There’s something magical about the slow build of blended notes played backward. Looking back, I’m proud of what I was able to do with the technology. I have my critiques of the performance itself, but overall I’m happy with it. I miss having access to a piano, and both the technical and creative support that school provides.

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  Gravatar Joe wrote @ November 21st, 2007 at 8:46 am

this is so cool. just watched it again. what other talents are you hiding?

  Gravatar Zulma Aguiar wrote @ December 12th, 2007 at 8:28 pm

you know you went to RPI if you know who John Cage & Pauline Oliveros is, most of all, you have video to prove it! lol! xoxo z

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