Ross Bolleter improvises on pianos that have been "abandoned to all weathers and has become a decaying box of unpredictable dongs, clicks and dedoomps" around Australia between 2001 and 2005.
Secret Sandhills and Satellites: Pieces for ruined pianos and pianos on the edge of ruin
Released in: Great Britain
"A piano is said to be Ruined (rather than Neglected or Devastated) when it has been abandoned to all weathers and has become a decaying box of unpredictable dongs, clicks and dedoomps, with not a single note (perhaps excepting D) sounding like one from an even-tempered upright piano. Sometimes you push down one key, and five or six others companionably go down with it, making for a surprise cluster and swathes of harmonics singing forever. The notes that don't work - clicks, doks and tonks - are at least as interesting as those that do.
Each Ruined Piano is utterly unique with respect to action and tuning (if we can talk of tuning at all). An F# one and a half octaves above middle C on a West Australian Ruined Piano in a semi-desert environment differs radically from the same note on a flooded piano in a studio four floors below pavement level in Prague.
A Ruined Piano has its frame and cabinet more or less intact, (even though the soundboard is cracked wide open, with the blue sky shining through) so that it can be played in the ordinary way. By contrast, a Devastated Piano is usually played in a crouched or lying position."-Ross Bolleter, excerpts from sleeve notes
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Catalog ID: 4128
Squidco Product Code: 6399
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel tray, not sealed.
All digital recordings made in Australia around Perth and Alice Springs2001-2005 Total time 67:51
Originally issued on Warps CDRs W05, W06, W07 & W09
Ross Bolleter-ruined pianos (+ accordion on track 7)
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1. Secret Sandhills 28:14
2. Axis 6:50
3. Dead Marine 6:13
4. And Then I Saw The Wind 3:24
5. Chorus Line 1:42
6. Save What You Can 2:42
7. Going To War Without The French Is Like Going To War Without An Accordion 4:26
8. Time Waits 6:02
9. Come Night 2:04
10. Jaunty Notes Of Paddocks Bright 4:26
11. Old Man Piano 1:46