8 Studies for Automatic Piano

by SETH HORVITZ

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Inspired by the work of James Tenney, György Ligeti, Charlemagne Palestine, and Conlon Nancarrow, Seth Horvitz’s Eight Studies for Automatic Piano makes use of simple, computer-aided compositional processes to test the limits of human perception and machine precision. It relies on a bare minimum of technical means to explore notions of temporal distortion, iterative process, and elegant complexity. Presented in an immersive concert setting without the presence of a human performer, Eight Studies questions traditional notions of live performance and musical “life.”

the Listener’s Guide PDF contains detailed descriptions and visual scores for each piece.

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released June 1, 2011

All works composed by Seth Horvitz (Sutekh). Performed by the Yamaha Disklavier C7 Mark III. Recorded at Littlefield Concert Hall, Mills College, April 2010. Special thanks: Richard Chartier, James Fei, Les Stuck, Fred Frith, Chris Brown, and all at Mills. image: Study No. 1 (piano roll view)

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