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Study 37, the first note of each 12 canonic voices. One channel per voice


Study 21, the first 12 notes of voice 1, one channel per note

Nancarow in 12 channels was inspired in the Study 37 for player piano, a 12-voice short-canons suite. This is one of the longest and most interesting works of the composer.  The idea was to present an "spatial" version of the study for the audience to easily (and spatially) recognize the structural functions of each canonic voice in the piece without affecting the single-timbre principle. Another aim was to represent in a real 12-channels physical-space the suggestive "tri-dimensional" designs of the canons, punched on the player piano roll.

Another Study "12-channelized" is the 21, a two-voice canon better known as "Canon X". Each note of each voice was assigned to one of the 12 audio channels in opposite directions. The voices of the canon "spin" around the audience in opposite directions, following the opposite incremental and decremental behavior of the voices.  The MIDI files used in this project were made by Trimpin several years ago, using his custom-made piano-roll reader. I used this files for the purpose of non-profit diffusion of the works. The project was presented in November 2006,  at Tesla's Kubus, in Berlin.

This project was kindly supported by several students at the Technische Universität in Berln, and was realized at the TU Elektronische Musik Studio in Berlin.  Carlos Sandoval (Idea and supervision)  Michael Hoeldke (Midi-Technique)  Wilm Thoben (Realization and montage) Oori Shalev (MIDI mapping of the Study No. 21)  And the students: Wilm Thoben, Dovilas Meilus, Daniel Eberle, Paul Diekmann, Eric Wiegand, Clemens Büttner und Lukas Cremer.  Thanks to Folkmar Hein for the kind support.