Decomposing Pianos was an experimental music duo active between 2009 and 2015. Projects include installation performance art, live performance, and improvisation within the confines of a structured system.

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Let us go then, you and I..., November 03, 2015

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As part of Tone Deaf 14, a projection show was performed by Decomposing Pianos at the Isabel Bader Centre of Performing Arts in Kingston, Ontario. For this performance, custom code was developed to map the wooden panels behind the main stage. This software went on to become a versatile tool for web…

88 Years, Interactive, March 31, 2015

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In 2011, Decomposing Pianos met and chronologically depicted 88 individuals to correspond to each key of the piano. The first twenty portraits were displayed at the State of Flux Gallery on March 26, 2011 to showcase the work in progress. The display featured groups of portraits connected to…

Regression, November 10, 2014

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This is a live performance by Decomposing Pianos at the Modern Fuel ARC, the last show before moving from their downtown location at 21A Queen Street. This performance featured a 30 thousand pixel long cityscape rolling by under a microbial sky. The visuals were operated by a QWERTY keyboard, with…

HTML5 Visualizer with MIDI Input, August 01, 2014

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This visualizer was originally intended to present chords and tones for the Decomposing Pianos project 88 Years. An interactive piano keyboard was made using HTML5 canvas such that sounds could be played and portraits displayed. This evolved into an experimentation phase in javascript, where several…

The Decomposing Piano, May 27, 2011

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This is a radio piece about the story of a piano at the Queen's University Grad Club for many years. The piano suffered a broken leg when it was moved over a doorstep to participate in a show across the hall. Unrepairable, the broken piano was placed in our backyard. Soon, the action became stiff…

Decomposing Pianos (Trilogy), August 20, 2009

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Decomposing Pianos was formed in 2009 with my partner and long time collaborator Julia Krolik, named after an old piano resting in our backyard. The action was stiff and unusable, so we removed it and painted the strings for its centennial anniversary, the first of three installation performaces…