Piano Fragments

Oli Carman

Fragment - chip, fleck, flake, sliver, spark, ember, shard…

This descriptive terminology inspired the shaping and the selection of sound material in this piece, which is derived from two short piano recordings.

Having this descriptive language in mind I decided to include sounds that I would have usually ‘broken off’ and discarded; the clicks, glitches, distortions and noise based sounds that often result during processing, but are traditionally not considered aesthetically pleasing.

Artist Statement

Oli Carman

Oliver is a lecturer in Music Technology at the University of Liverpool. He completed his first degree in Music at the University of Sheffield in 1998 and a Masters in Electroacoustic composition in 2004. He was awarded a PhD in electro-acoustic composition from the University of Manchester in 2011, where he was an active member of MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound).
Oliver's primary output is acousmatic; music composed in the studio and performed in the concert hall through multiple loudspeakers. He also composes mixed music for live instruments and electroacoustic sound as well as having research interests in sound diffusion, laptop improvisation, the visual representation of electroacoustic music and the music of Francis Dhomont.
His work is regularly performed throughout the UK and internationally, and has also been recognised at several international competitions including; IMEB (Bourges) 2007/2008 (Prix Residence, Selection Triuvium category), International Electroacoustic Competition "pierre schaeffer' 2007 (2nd Prize), Diffusion Composition Competition 2010, Limerick (3rd Prize) and Destellos Competition, Argentina 2012/2013/2014 (selection).

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