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artist: Frederik Croene
title: Le Piano Démécanisé
released: 2010
artwork: Joris Verdoodt

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tracklist:

A1. Réanimation Forcée
A2. Amour Éternel
A3. Toccata Cardiaque
B1. Poil Palliatif
B2. Gonflammation
B3. Animation Gériatrique
B4. Postludium 'Pour Le Piano'

reviews:

Review in Vital Weekly 757 by Frans de Waard
Likewise I don't think I heard of Frederik Croene, also from Belgium, before. He performs his music on a 'dismantled' piano, which, if I have to believe the cover of this record, looks like a drum set. It seems to me that much of the music has been played in an improvised manner, but perhaps with his classical training in mind. Also, again, I am not sure but it could very well be that Croene also takes his inspiration from Zen. Sometimes, like in 'Gonflammation', the piano actually sounds like a piano, which is odd if it has been dismantled, but in 'Postludium 'pour le piano', Croene allows external piano sounds in his music. Overall the music has a very contemplative and percussive nature. Either with hands, sticks or bows, he gently approaches the piano and works on it, very much like both a composer, an explorer and an improviser. Croene explores the possibilities in a careful way, almost like a scientist, and let's the results speak for themselves. Hard to place on the scale composition versus improvisation, but throughout very nice.
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