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Music For Detuned Pianos

by Max de Wardener

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Max de Wardener returns to Village Green with an album of detuned acoustic piano pieces, performed by pianist Kit Downes (ECM).

Drawing inspiration from modernist composers James Tenney, Harry Partch and La Monte Young, de Wardener’s intentions here were “to try and bend something established and monumental into something new”.

The resulting album is deceptively simple, belying the project’s myriad technical challenges, (pianos are immensely stubborn when subject to unorthodox tuning methods). Captured over a two year period, Downes’ enlivening improvisations do justice to de Wardener’s vision in creating an elegant record that feels at once familiar, yet otherworldly.

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released March 20, 2020

All music written & composed by Max de Wardener
Pianos performed by Kit Downes
Acoustic Piano tuning by Laurence Fischer
Recorded and Mixed by Alex Bonney
Mastered by Frank Awkwright at Abbey Road Studios

Recorded on various pianos at Coda to Code, LIvingston Studios, The Limes Studio and The Cannon Mill.

Thanks to Penelope Umbrico for permission to use her artwork for this album. Images taken from Penelope's project Range: Masters of Photography.

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Max de Wardener London, UK

Max de Wardener is a producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist based in London

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