"Extended" is a term usually used to describe unorthodox techniques used when playing a musical instrument in an unconventional way, to coax new timbres from a traditional instrument.
Since the early 20th century, the piano has been at the forefront of this trend, with composers such as John Cage preparing the piano with nuts and bolts, Henry Cowell composing pieces in which the performer reaches inside the piano and plucks or strums the strings, and Stephen Scott bowing the strings with an ensemble of performers to produce an orchestral sound. The latter inspired us to create the ground-breaking Bowed Piano instrument in 2008, and now we have revisited the same piano to build on that concept and further explore extended piano techniques for an exciting new suite of instruments.
For the ( Xtended ) Piano collection, we have explored 5 different techniques and created a virtual instrument for each : MUTE PIANO
Mute piano is a technique in which you lightly touch the finger at a nodal point on the piano string and play the key to produce a harmonic.
Our bowed piano includes three articulations, two made with very long bows which are sustained (and the samples are looped).
This is a technique in which the piano notes are plucked, either with the fingers or a plectrum of some sort.
A piano of course has internal mallets itself (made of hard felt), but you can also hit the strings with foreign mallets to produce a different timbre.
SFX PIANO ( SCRAPES & STRUMS )
We also recorded a large collection of strums and scrapes, but these are not always pitched, or else include large clusters that are difficult to map as a traditional instrument.
System requirements: Kontakt 4