Released on November 6th, 2015 via Clang Records is Hans Tammen's "Music For Choking Disklavier", a conceptual work recorded at the Brooklyn College, New York back in April 2006. Based on the idea of feeding a Disklavier instrument, basically an automated piano able to play compositions from floppy or other data storage sources without a human player being needed, with an overload stream of compositional data to prevent the hammers and strings from functioning properly and, at some points, send the MIDI kernel to a stage of temporary freezing - or 'choking' as the album title puts it -, the sonic result of this approach is a rhythmic, mechanical rattle of slightly hypnotic, slightly unspiritual nature accompanied by keys struck hard and merciless. A combination that sometimes leads to results resembling of experimental, yet swinging Jazz Noir like in "Studies In Animal Locomotion", intense sequences of repetition - "Looking Down Sacramento Street" - and even highly robotic sounding process noises one would rather expect to find in a fully automated factory rather than in a musical performance of any kind ("Boys Playing Leapfrog"). More buzzing mechanical goodness accompanied by highly dramatic key action is to be found in "Gymnast Jumping Over A Chair" whilst "La Barricade De La Rue Saint-Mau-Popincourt" serves a heavy, machine gun-like stakkato of the Disklavier on overload and the final "Piano Nocturne" adds a deeper, more conciliatory level to the conceptual approach of "Music For Choking Disklavier". Nice one.
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