Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Stuttering Rhodes piano

This is a short piece that I put together a year or more ago.  The piano is a Rhodes electric piano, which was an attempt by Harold Rhodes to make a portable piano from aircraft parts in the 1940's.  Back then something counted as portable if it took fewer than four men to lift it.  Hammers attached to the keys hit large tuning forks next to modified guitar pickups, instead of real strings over a resonant sound board like in a real piano. 

The Rhodes piano sound is processed through a modulated delay software effect called Fire by Mdsp.  A link to the page with the free VST is here.  The results are rather pretty and ethereal.  Enjoy!

Stutterrhodes by are.kay.more

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