Synthesist Rob Schwimmer shared his arrangements of 5 classical works by Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, arranged for piano and Haken Continuum.
The Haken Continuum is a synthesizer that’s designed to provide the same level of expressive control as traditional instruments, with continuous realtime polyphonic control over pitch, dynamics and timbre.
Schwimmer is one of the leading exponents of the Continuum, and also has performed internationally on piano and theremin.
Here’s what he has to say about his arrangements:
“All compositions were originally piano pieces that I love by Alexander Scriabin. I recorded all the piano tracks sans melody, so the Haken Continuum could cover the melodies, which it can do so beautifully.
I made up the subtitles except for Désir which is Scriabin’s real title. The last track is often referred to as The Mosquito, but not in the manuscript…
As a pianist and theremin player the Haken Continuum is the next step for me… Not replacing either but a revolutionary new, super-sensitive great instrument!
I loved doing this project and hope you love it too. As always when I play the Haken Continuum I have to thank Lippold Haken, Edmund Eagan and Christophe Duquesne: Without their incredible brains I wouldn’t be doing this today! I can’t thank you enough… but I’ll try!
A special thanks to Joshua Madoff for his mixes! Beautiful!”
5 PSYCHEDELIC PIECES BY ALEXANDER SCRIABIN on HAKEN CONTINUUM
0:07 Heavy Traffic (Prelude op 67 #2)
1:12 Floating on a Cloud (Feuillet d’Album op 45 #1)
2:45 The Siberian Tiger (Etude op 8 #12)
5:26 Désir (op 57 #1)
7:28 The Mosquito! (Etude op 42 #3)
via Josh Madoff