Discreet Music

Dropped Pianos

120 minsFirst aired 27 Nov 2018Next Discreet Music Mon at 2:00pm EDT
Artwork by Nayan Graf Quartier

An exploration of the interplay between piano music and ambient, from masters of the form like Tim Hecker, Nils Frahm and Karla Borecky.

Montréal’s resident ambient guru Tim Hecker titled his 2011 EP Dropped Pianos. Though it was essentially a series of sketches for the LP that preceded it, in many ways the release exemplified the possibilities inherent in the juxtaposition of piano and ambient music. On our weekly deep dive into all things experimental, off-kilter and avant-garde, Sam Hockley-Smith explores the ways that the piano has been mutated, warped and adjusted, via songs from Grouper, John Cage and more.


Produced by Harley Brown
Engineered by Mike Bloom

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