The songs presented here are made using thumb piano, also known as: kalimba, mbira, sansa, likembe, etc. No samples from other sources are included in these tracks but there is some computer manipulation involved.
The approach is a combination of conceptual and emotional; influences are wide ranging with strong inspiration from Jazz and African music.
Check out the Soundcloud page! http://soundcloud.com/rpcollier
2013 NEW Album!!! Iterations - http://rpcollier.bandcamp.com/album/iterations
2012 Platz - http://rpcollier.bandcamp.com/album/platz
2011 Future in Sepia - http://cdbaby.com/cd/rpcollier6
2010 Reagent - http://cdbaby.com/cd/rpcollier5
with 5 thumb piano tracks.
2008 all thumb piano audio CD: http://cdbaby.com/cd/rpcollier4
Tilting@Windmills album can now be streamed at Last FM http://www.last.fm/music/rp+collier
Brand new EP release Deconstruction of Twilight http://cdbaby.com/cd/rpcollier3
Some merchandise to support the Project at http://www.cafepress.com/yapruder
Photo set of experimental thumb pianos at Flickr:
Check out the ambient thumb piano videos now up at YouTube:
Album tilting@windmills - is available at CDBABY: www.cdbaby.com/rpcollier
Eight of the tracks that use experimental thumb pianos, several tracks use synthesizer, guitar and toy keyboards. The album and individual songs are available at iTunes and several other online music providers. Reviewed in the June 2004 issue of The Wire (UK) magazine.
Experiments in instrument construction and explorations of sound since 1975.
Your musical influences
Free Improvisation, Minimalism and loop-based music, Blues and Jazz. Harry Partch, Brian Eno, Fred Frith, Steve Reich, Chicago Art Ensemble, Keith Jarrett, Elliott Sharp, Hans Reichel. Also field recordings - especially those of Hugh Tracey.
Amazing stuff! I'm just learning myself and your tunes are inspirational. I'm blown away that you've created so many variations with the basic instrument and what a range of emotion you've gotten. Please create some more!