If you’re a pianist and you think you’re not quite getting through to your listeners when you play your latest party piece, this could be the way forward. A piano that actually speaks.
The keys are struck by solenoids, and the resulting sound mimics human speech. It’s completely weird, and of course what’s stranger still is that it’s reciting the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court at World Venice Forum 2009.
However, if you’ve ever wondered how your piano might sound if it was actually trying to transmit a message from the bowels of hell straight from the devil himself then it could well sound spookily similar to this.
In the early years of the 20th Century, Ravel wrote his piano suite ‘Gaspard De La Nuit’ which is widely regarded as being one of the most difficult piano pieces ever composed, especially this movement ‘Scarbo’ which you can see and hear on this YouTube clip.
Based on a rather bleak poem by Aloysius Bertrand, it deals with seduction, death and strange fiends that come in the night and scare you to pieces.
Ivo Pogorelich does a pretty good job of it in this clip.