Category Archives: multiphonics

A Complementary Platform for Studying Piano Multiphonics

I’m glad to hear that my long-time colleague Johan Svensson’s team has today finally completed and published their research “Pianoharmonics – a systematic approach to the inner world of the grand piano” by recording several piano harmonics and multiphonics (or just harmonics, as they call them).
Their work is accessible on the internet in an interactive and immediate form. It serves as substantial and valuable complementary material together with the piano multiphonics charts I have previously published in my thesis (Vesikkala 2016, p. 96-98; 103) and as a transposable file on the Sibelius notation software (in my Press Kit, under Multiphonics materials).
On the CD included with my thesis, I did not delve into such a systematic recording process.

The chart on the team’s website:

Extras for my Multiphonics thesis

Thanks to interest from composer colleagues, there are now more multiphonics materials to be found under Press Kit → Multiphonics materials. One of them is about a multiphonics whistling sound, which, not even all professional singers are not capable of doing. The vocal apparatus is highly individual after all. The sound has found use in my earlier works, for example in Seven takes on Eliot (2014).    

The second material will hopefully facilitate the compositional application of the ideas in my thesis from Spring 2016 and a particular chart of multiphonics featured in it, to be exact. The slightly revised chart is now electric and consists of a Sibelius file (here provided for both the 6 and 7 versions) that allows for transposition whereas the original printed chart only presented the situation when a fundament pitch G is used to build the multiphonic chords.    

Overview of the adjustable revised chart.