Pianosophagus Peter McKinnon

The initial image/idea I had for this piece was the idea of the piano having a throat, much like any living entity. The idea is to convey entering into the voice making mechanism of the piano, and to provide a contrast to the perfect way the piano is usually thought of.

The definition of esophagus – the word used to base the title of the composition on, is; ‘the part of the alimentary canal that connects the throat to the stomach; the gullet. In humans and other vertebrates it is a muscular tube lined with mucous membrane’.

In this piece I explored the relationship between the performer and instrument, the simple lines of the piano part contrasting with the complex and somewhat aggravated portrayal of the pianoesophagus. Woven into the piece is also my experience with learning to play the piano early on and becoming frustrated not being able to play how I wanted.

Source: 2010

  • Year of composition: 2009
  • Genre: Electroacoustics
  • Format: Fixed media
  • Hardware used: Apple Mac Pro, Pro tools HD 192 Digital Interface, Roland KF-90 keyboard, Tascam DR-07, Yamaha Grand piano
  • Software used: Pro tools HD, Ableton Live 8, Sibelius
  • Duration of the submitted work: 8:57
  • Production: University

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