Where Is My Island (Prepared Harpsichord, Accordion & Guzheng)
Sometimes when experimenting, I come up with sounds, that I am immediately excited about - and then I end up not knowing what do with.That was definitely the case with the prepared harpsichord. I immediately loved that sound, spend hours and hours tweaking it and tuning the harpsichord. Then I came up with this short arpeggiated chord progression that I really liked… And then, for weeks I couldn’t find another sound that would work with it, the way I was hearing it in my head. Eventually I came back to an old idea with this breathing sound produced by an accordion, which I had used 4 years prior in a theater piece. This definitely helped the piece come together, and eventually I discovered, that the Guzheng was the perfect addition to the prepared harpsichord. The prep itself is pretty straight forward. I use putty, to dampen the strings around the location of the 3rd harmonic. So the pitch produced will be a 12th above the original pitch. At the same time, the putty will make the string a bit heavier, which causes the overall pitch to drop a little. I compensated, by tuning the whole harpsichord down to the next adjacent pitch. Which is why you see me playing F# minor, while you are actually hearing C-Minor. There are some beautiful, inharmonic low frequencies being produced underneath the harmonics, which are in tune. This is what makes the timbre of this sound so intriguing to me. Consequently, the Guzheng is tuned to an actual C-minor scale as well. This is kind of an improvised „guitar solo“ over this track. I was really happy, when I finally found the combination of these two sounds, and I feel that there is a lot of potential to explore. If you enjoy my music, please like and subscribe!