Last week we released Piano Sequenza at Lincoln Center Film Society!
Piano Sequenza is a unique publication by Talibam! published by Endless Editions which coincides with their performance at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's "Sound + Vision" series. As a celebration of the 50-year anniversary of Luciano Berio's Sequenza IV for Piano, Talibam! decided to take on the compositional challenge of producing their very own Piano Sequenza.
"Our method was to trigger piano notes using VHS audio from our personal collections, and to allow the spontaneous composition of our Sequenza by large groups of people in perpetuity. Specifically, to generate the piano notes, we recorded 88 separate minutes from our personal self-made VHS tapes onto 88 separate tracks into a digital audio workstation. We then programmed each of the 88 VHS audio tracks to trigger its own unique midi piano note — 88 tracks, 88 keys. Using this method, Talibam!’s goal is to create a different Sequenza for each instrument."
15 minutes of this composition and source video were recorded specifically for this VHS release!
Piano Sequenza by Talibam! is an infinite composition, but this limited release is available only as an edition of 10 copies through Endless Editions.
Talibam!, a music duo from New York City featuring Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea, can be described in various ways -- as a classic keyboards/drums free jazz duo, as Dadaist provocateurs with an innate love for the history of music, as a theater group in the tradition of the Upright Citizen's Brigade, as an electronic ensemble inspired by Stockhausen, as amateur rappers, as techno dj's, etc. Since their inception in 2003, Talibam!’s ultimate goal has been to wed disparate ideologies through proficiency, controversy, inquiry, and compassion -- an approach perpetuating audiences and listeners to face, question, define, and attempt to defend their own level of tolerance. To date, Talibam! has traveled to over 40 countries, completed more than 30 international tours, and released nearly 30 albums. Double Automatism is one of their 2015 releases, available on 180gram vinyl and featuring Yasunao Tone + Sam Kulik
Piano Sequenza is available at Endless Editions Chinatown, 191 Henry Street, NYC 10002