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Twenty pianos from all over the world, each with its own timbre, tuning and history – from a Steinway at the Sydney Opera House to a battered old primary school piano and the instrument John Lennon composed Imagine on. In this composition by Matthew Herbert, icon of experimental electronic dance music, the pianos are all ‘ beamed up’ virtually.
With the use of the latest techniques, pianist Sam Beste turns a simple table into a virtual piano. As well as calling up the sounds of the original pianos, he also illustrates the pianos’ fascinating histories with photos and other documentation. The result is a Proustian evocation of piano memory, giving the featured instruments infinite depth.