Electroacoustic

Virtual Piano Concerto

Photo-ChaoPiano1                   Virtual Piano Concerto is my electro-acoustic composition finished in 2008. In cubist artworks, objects are broken up, analyzed, and re-assembled in an abstracted form. In the first movement, I recorded different prepared piano sounds and manipulated the sounds digitally on the computer. Later I use these new piano sounds with a virtuoso piano music writing to create a piano concerto-like form. The different piano textures depict the piano from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the piano in a greater context. The result also creates an illusion of a new sounding piano. 

                In the second movement, 3 live effect processors are used to shape the solo piano. The stereo echo creates a continuous melody with several layers of harmonies and counterpoints. The effects not only create the richness and texture which can’t be founded on a regular piano, but also create a sense of space and modernism. 

Audio

  • I Movement: Master Cubist (demo) [8’10”] (* Except few synthesizer sounds, every sound was originally created on a piano.)

Video

          Here is a video I created with the 2nd movement’s music and the photos I shot while traveling around the world!