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'Piano Transformed'   

-  Label: 'Optical Substance Productions'
-  Genre: 'Ambient' -  Release Date: '17th March 2017'-  Catalogue No: 'OSP007'

Our Rating:
A piano transformed from what and into what are the questions begged by the album's title.

This solo instrumental work, recorded in Oslo, is performed on a C. Bechstein grand piano combined with live sampling/ electronics.

The intriguing blend of natural acoustics and technologically processed sound creates fragmented, often disjointed, effects as if to deliberately sabotage the conventional elegance of piano-based compositions.   

The focus is more on stasis than movement so the nine pieces have a mainly contemplative feel albeit with some chaotic elements to disturb the general sense of calm reflectiveness.

Hulter Til Bulter and Was Ligeti An Astronaut? are the most abstract and Cagean. The 12 minute title track is the most minimalist.

Although originating from the classical world, the Norwegian's experimental inclinations mean that this album is more likely to appeal to fans of modern jazz or contemporary electronica.

Kjetil Husebo's website
  author: Martin Raybould

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HUSEBØ, KJETIL - Piano Transformed