Composer/inventor Dan Trueman is known for his "intriguing juxtaposition of the organic and synthetic," drawing on "the intimacy and emotive charge of human touch, while exploring electronically-generated colors and textures" (Q2 Music). His latest project, Nostalgic Synchronic, is a set of eight keyboard etudes written for Adam Sliwinski of Sō Percussion. These are played on Trueman's newest invention: the bitKlavier, which he describes as a "prepared digital piano." Listen to Etude #4 ("Marbles") from the album now.
On Friday, September 25, New Amsterdam Records will release Nostalgic Synchronic, performed by Sliwinski in his solo recording debut. The album is currently available for pre-order via Bandcamp, and will be available in CD, vinyl, and download versions; the sheet music will also go on sale in hard copy and pdf formats. To mark the occasion, Sliwinski will play the pieces at a concert/demonstration event in early October at a NYC venue to be announced.
Simultaneously with the recording, the bitKlavier software will be released via the Apple App Store and the project website, for a nominal fee: $5 for iPad, $25 for the desktop version. With its ease of setup, its simple and elegant interface, and its many user-programmable features, the bitKlavier invites exploration by tech aficionados and Luddites alike.
For more information on the Nostalgic Synchronic, check it out here on New Amsterdam Records.