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MacLean, Steve: Expressions on Piano (Recommended Records)

12 compositions for mediated acoustic piano from Dr. Nerve bassist MacLean, beautifully composed and recorded works showing his taste for Crumb, Satie, Cage, Reich, Eno, &c.

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product information:

UPC: 752725028226

Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: ReR SM4
Squidco Product Code: 12988

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Yamaha G2 grand piano with Disklavier II System recorded by Steve MacLeanusing a matched pari of M-Audio Sputnik tube microphones. Recorded October 2009.


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Artist Biographies:

"Steve MacLean is an assistant professor in the Electronic Production and Design Department at Berklee College of Music. A guitarist, composer, producer, and engineer, he has been evolving with music technology since the early 1980s, when he worked in a New York City recording studio and got hands-on experience with early versions of the Fairlight CMI, DX-7, Linn Drum, automated mixing consoles, and digital audio samplers. Later, he founded his own recording and production studio and produced/engineered hundreds of artists and numerous award-winning projects including scores for more than 200 commercials and soundtracks, as well as a prolific output of his own acclaimed works.

An active performer and composer for more than 30 years, he was cofounder of the Portland Experimental Music Collective, has performed original compositions at numerous new music festivals, including several pieces for New Music Across America and similar events. An innovator in the new music circuit, he was curator for a series of concerts called 2001 New Music Odyssey, and continues to release recordings internationally on Recommended Records, U.K., and others.

MacLean has been a music technology educator independently and with Berklee. He also was a product specialist/clinician with a variety of manufacturers for more than 20 years."

-Berklee University Website (

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track listing:

1. Opening 0:47

2. Impressions On Piano 6:31

3. 15 Variations On 2 Bars Of Nothing 2:39

4. Back On The Road Again 2:53

5. One Gliss 7:07

6. Progression Of Live... Growing Older 4:33

7. Suite For Mechanized Piano 4:35

8. Wind In Our Hair 3:45

9. If I've Told You Once, I've Told You A Hundred Times 1:04

10. Deep Waters 7:14

11. Expressions On Piano 2:35

12. Day Dreams 3:49
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"A remarkable set of pieces for mediated acoustic piano that operates in the shadowy territory between what is playable and what is programmable; between narrative simplicity and performative complexity; between hopeful intentionality and flawless execution.. Unusually, Steve has put our ear right inside the piano, sans artificial reverberations and blurring tools and, over the course of the CD, various musical dialects are explored and extended - from the plausible, through the exquisite, to the impossible."-ReR USA

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