From Ancient Worlds: For Harmonic Piano

Michael Harrison

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From Ancient Worlds: For Harmonic Piano Review

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The ancient tuning mode/style called "just intonation" is heard on this release from New Albion. With a harp-like timbre, the instrument allows for playing 24 notes per octave in perfectly tuned intervals. It was recorded in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York. Harrison's studies with the physics of sound and his training in Indian classical music showed him about perfectly tuned intervals, as they apply both to singing and conventionally tuned pianos. As a result, he spent two years modifying a grand piano to create the Harmonic Piano. Due to the tuning and design, his playing produces aural overtones and combinations thereof. This is not easy, but engaging, intense listening.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Quest for the Rose, suite for harmonic piano
1 Michael Harrison 04:14 SpotifyAmazon
2 Michael Harrison 03:46 SpotifyAmazon
3 Michael Harrison 02:16 SpotifyAmazon
4 Michael Harrison 02:08 SpotifyAmazon
5 Michael Harrison 06:45 SpotifyAmazon
6 Michael Harrison 02:51 SpotifyAmazon
The Garden of Avalon, suite for harmonic piano
7 Michael Harrison 03:12 SpotifyAmazon
8 Michael Harrison 04:30 SpotifyAmazon
9 Michael Harrison 10:20 SpotifyAmazon
Land of the Rose, suite for harmonic piano
10 Michael Harrison 01:31 SpotifyAmazon
11 Michael Harrison 06:08 SpotifyAmazon
12 Michael Harrison 08:53 SpotifyAmazon
13 Michael Harrison 06:05 SpotifyAmazon
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