James Hegarty | Drop Plunk

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Drop Plunk

by James Hegarty

Explorations of realtime prepared piano and electronics in a free improv style.
Genre: Avant Garde: Free Improvisation
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1. Drop Plunk No. 3
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2. Drop Plunk No. 4
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3. Drop Plunk No. 2
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4. Drop Plunk No. 6
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5. Drop Plunk No. 8
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6. Drop Plunk No. 1
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Album Notes
Hegarty's first solo piano album in five years.

Drop Plunk is a double album of spontaneous explorations of the vast potential of piano sounds - including realtime prepared piano and electronics. This album is the culmination of over fifty recent performances developing an exciting and truly innovative approach to piano performance. The album is full of exciting sounds as well as lyrical melodic ideas. It was recorded on a Yamaha G3 in his home studio and produced in his purist style of clear natural acoustic sound.

The music expresses the free improv tradition of creative composition that develops entirely in the moment without previously established structures or material. As in Hegarty's other work, the focus is on building a musical idea from one idea to the next, exploring relationships, connections and mis-connections, and discovering new sound visions. The music explores the texture that occurs as the result of overlapping sounds, sometimes captured by a Korg Kaoss Pad and looped in the background.

The free improvisation nature of these performances is carried over to the prepared sounds as well. Rather than establishing the selection and placement of the preparations in advance of the performance, Hegarty draws upon a vast collection of useful materials to employ in ways that are developed and adapted on the spot and in the moment according to the needs of the music in real time. Preparations are made and changed, altered, and replaced throughout the course of the performance.

The album is also about finding ways to expand the palette of sonic possibility of an instrument that has become the foundation of so much music we hear today. His sound exploration is infused with over ten year's experience with MSP for laptop performance and various types of synthesis - as in his January 2014 release of "Tone Studies One," an album of live simultaneous improvisations on Moog Voyager and Fender Rhodes (available free on Sound Cloud and his website).

"A very personal and original recording." - Corey Hall, JazzReview.com

"An approach that goes a little against the grain, sometimes angular, sometimes hesitant or cautious on purpose, as if the notes themselves are living beings wondering what to do next...Nice album!" - stef Gijssels, Free Jazz

"Unassuming gem from an American artist with much to say. Unreservedly recommended." - AmbientMusicGuide.com



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