Flux Piano Nr. II

FLux Piano Nr. II is a pingpong table re-imagined as a piano. Presented as an interactive sound installation, alongside the sculpture Office for Pierre Schaffer

Inspired by “Flux Ping-Pong” (Maciunas 1976) and referencing Raijmaaker’s “Ping-Pong”(1983), Flux Piano Nr.II invites the audience to play ping pong on a table made out of a disassembled piano. The string assemblies of the piano serves as the ping pong table alongside two wooden wings allowing melodic and percussive elements to emerge at the same time.

As 2 players engage in a game, sounds are picked up via mics placed inside the table. A reel-to-reel tape machine handles the playback of the aforementioned sounds and it constantly records onto a loop.

As the tape loop runs through the machine, the recorded sounds of the previous games are played back into the space. It is then up to the current players if they want to play with, or against the previous musicians. With each revolution the tape deteriorates slightly, losing some of the recorded sonic information. Slowly, the recorded “conversations” wither away, like long forgotten memories.

Presented at Treehouse NDSM (NL), Grey Space in the Middle (NL), de Besturing (NL) and Wibar (NL)