Prepared Piano

Pianos sound pretty good when you thrown lots of things into them. I’m talking cymbals, bits of wire, nuts and bolts, the occasional small child. When you play a piano full of stuff it tends to generate it’s own percussion backing track.

John Cage used to like to do this, when he wasn’t writing music that had nothing in it.

Check out the YouTube video below to hear John Cage’s ‘Bacchanale’ for prepared piano. It’s kind of creepy.

Written by Julian Moore