Sunday Synth Jam: Peter Pringle performs his arrangement of Erik Satie’s Gnossiene #3, for piano and Haken Continuum Fingerboard.
Technical details below.
One of the great things about the Haken Continuum fingerboard is that you can play it with one hand and still take advantage of all its expressive capabilities while your other hand plays another instrument – in this case I am playing a Korg Triton Extreme keyboard with my left hand. This composition – GNOSSIENNE #3 – was written by the French impressionist composer, Erik Satie, and is one of a series of pieces written for piano in 1890. It is a popular piece among players of the “ondes martenot” but unlike the Continuum, the ondes must be played with two hands so the ondiste is unable to accompany himself.
I used one of the Continuum’s built-in sounds for this performance because I felt it had a very pure and enchanting timbre that seemed to go well with the music.
The word “Gnossienne” is a reference to the capital of ancient Crete (also Knossos) which was excavated by European archaeologists in the 1870’s. Satie was inspired by the extraordinary frescoes and artwork that was unearthed at that time.