Preparing a piano using feedback from the environment to create a composition in the spirit of John Cage. I am installing the gutted harp of a piano on a floating dock on Lake Eden, in the heart of the old Black Mountain College Campus, and further preparing it over the course of the evening by incorporating feedback from the surrounding environment. I also plan on installing an information panel explaining the specifics of the evening for the attendees. The piano can be seen as a ready laboratory for experiments in sound. In preparing the Lake Eden piano, I will divide the sound spectrum using input from the evenings environment. After the instrument has been “tuned” to Lake Eden, the prepared piano will become, at least for the evening, an interactive sonic sculpture.
Artists: Michael Luchtan and Kehren Barbour