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My idea was simple: change the shape of the piano!  In 2008, the first prototype was born from an old upright we got for free (it was already on its way to the tip, like so many pianos around the world).  In a squat studio in Liverpool (Wolstenholme Studios), we took it apart with hammers and then hung the soundboard from the ceiling.  I then thought about how it could work and asked a chap who normally welded doors for ships to make me a steel frame…

It immediately gave me a whole new interface to play with and made lovely sounds. I also added gadgets such as motors and a Wii wheel and these increased the flexibility and fun I could have with the new piano. It was a rough and ready prototype built to test the idea but in the future I hoped to own a beautiful new version…  Below are some of the films or recordings of performances I’ve given on the piano.

1. Interview about the piano

2. TEDx performance, Aldeburgh 2011

3. Group project I curated, 2010

4. Playing at the Roundhouse, Camden

5. With Tim Exile at the Bluecoat, Liverpool

6. Same, part two