All Modes On – Experimental Music With Cheap Keyboards

Sarah J Stanley‘s All Modes On is an experimental musical performance that uses multiple cheap keyboards to make hypnotic drone music:

this was a studio done film of the performance I call ‘all modes on’ and I did in a few galleries. over the course of 30-40 minutes (varies per performance, each being different) and I use colored tape to tape down the keys of between 8 and 12 old keyboards creating a slow growing, kind of hypnotic sound.

I get asked a lot if the selection of the keys during the performance is deliberate to which I can only answer, well no – after a few initial decisions made on the musical front (sounds chosen to blend/not blend well, notes to coin the performance, volumes and pitch etc) the decisions are made carefully with both the sound and the visual outcome in mind.

To me it’s like how I’d construct a painting-different mediums but the same attentiveness to shape, form and composition.

6 thoughts on “All Modes On – Experimental Music With Cheap Keyboards

  1. Hmmm. It seems to me that the sound doesn't change much after she reaches the limit of polyphony of those keyboards. Of course, the art is in the choice of tape colour each time.

  2. Hmmm. It seems to me that the sound doesn't change much after she reaches the limit of polyphony of those keyboards. Of course, the art is in the choice of tape colour each time.

  3. Hmmm. It seems to me that the sound doesn't change much after she reaches the limit of polyphony of those keyboards. Of course, the art is in the choice of tape colour each time.

  4. you can also just lay a log on top of your keyboards to get the same effect, nice try but Mirlitronone is right…

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