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| July 7, 2012 | Reply


What happens when a 10-year-old sticks thumbtacks in all the piano hammers? Do his parents punish him? No, he becomes sought-after performer Volker Bertelman. He changed his name to Hauschka (maybe because his mother is still trying to track him down), and now plays the “prepared” piano, that is, a piano modified by strange and sundry hardware additions.

laurenpuglia.com/Jan 2012

Having studied classical piano for ten years, his work as Hauschka is based upon a playful exploration of the possibilities of the ‘prepared’ piano – a disruptive intervention into the preconceived idea of the piano as a pure-toned instrument: by clamping wedges of leather, felt or rubber between the strings.

Modded Pianos Delight Indie Audiences, Classical Buffs

Ten-year-old Volker Bertelman couldn’t afford a synthesizer, so he modified the family piano to sound like a harpsichord by pressing metal tacks into its hammers. Mom was not amused, but she couldn’t have known that her little boy would soon make a living doing more or less the same thing……..  Read full story

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