Lluvia, for Toy piano & live electronics, (Rain & some delays)

Lluvia, for Toy piano & live electronics (Rain & some delays)

Esta pieza recibe la inspiración de dos cosas, los pianos de juguete y la obsesión con la multitud de sonidos que nos brinda la lluvia, desde el momento que las gotas empiezan a caer, siguiéndole la subida en intensidad de la tormenta, hasta que sólo queda el goteo residual de los desagües desalojando el agua sobrante. El sonido de las gotas de lluvia debe ser variable, en rango e intensidad. La producción de sonido debe realizarse con los nudillos y yemas al golpear la tapa superior del piano de juguete, estos sonarán más agudos a los extremos y graves al centro. Se recomienda utilizar un micrófono de contacto (AKG411) para una buena amplificación. La lluvia es el principal protagonista en esta pieza tan sugerente, que nos transporta a un lugar donde podemos incluso percibir el olor a tierra mojada.

English

This piece gets inspiration from two things, Toy pianos and the obsession with multiple sounds that rain offers, the first drops, drizzle, the intensity of the storm and the last leaking from the pipes giving away the water. Raindrops sound should be variable, in range and intensity. Sound production must be with knuckles and yolks by hitting to the top cover of the Toy piano, and they will sound higher to the extremes and bass to the centre. It is recommended to use a contact mic (AKG411) for a good amplification. Rain is the main protagonist in this suggestive piece, which transports us to a place where we can even smell the smell of wet earth.

Requirements 

Toy piano 37 keys from f to f3 (Schoenhut recommended), Apple Mac, Audio interface with phantom power (Edirol FA-66 recommended, or similar), Contact microphone (Akg C411 recommended). Other kinds of microphone are allowed, if takes care of balance. 

Playing Instructions 

The piece is written for Schoenhut Toy piano 37 keys, other Toy pianos with same range could be used to play the piece.The electronic part is in live and is provided by the composer. Connect the microphone to the sound card, and put the microphone under the sound board of the Toy piano. The volume microphone entry should be level around 70%. The output sound should be sent in stereo to the concert hall amplification system, and should be balanced with the real Toy piano sound. All the playing extended techniques are explained on the score.

Electronic part

There is a patch provided, open it, Select driver.
Press [Tab] to Start.
To change cues press [Space].
There are nine cues (Scenes), after 9 when it ́s finished can press Tab again to close the sound on the app. The piece starts when press [Space] for the first time (Scene 1).

© Víctor Trescolí Sanz, 2016
For any question contact me

Score preview

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App preview

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