The debut album, “Hammer Inventions,” from composers and pianist extraordinaires, Lynda Arnold and Daniel Berkman, features 18 original instrument compositions consisting of acoustic piano orchestrations with electronic layered sampling, the latter of which were created entirely from sounds and noises generated from a wide variety of acoustic pianos, including several Yamaha pianos, which the duo endorses.

The skilled piano duo, who are also seasoned electronic music production artists, have delivered a series of varied, eclectic and captivating acoustic piano moments, replete with enchanting and engaging layered textures, that are all at once delicate and ethereal to grandiose.  A fresh take on the instrument, “Hammer Inventions” defies the boundaries of the piano and fans of George Winston, Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Autechre are sure to find the tracks appealing and entrancing.

“Hammer Inventions” was born out of a spontaneous piano ‘four-hand’ improvisation session and quickly evolved into the far more ambitious production that it has become.  After a dozen piano writing sessions, Arnold and Berkman recorded the compositions while concocting, creating and incorporating unique sounds and effects for the additional layered effects.

Layered piano sounds, samples and effects include ‘prepared piano’ (John Cage homage), plucked, bowed, toy, backwards, and detuned piano, as well as more effected and sampled sound expressions.  Other sound experimentations include screws and bolts between and on the strings of Lynda’s prized 1984 Yamaha G2 5/8th Grand Piano to create drum sounds, plucking and bowing strings.  A piano sample library by Sonic Couture adds more sustained, and string-like sounds, adding to and accentuating to the vast array of layers on the already intricate musical arrangements.

Acoustic piano recordings took place at Broken Radio Studios, San Francisco, on George Winston’s Yamaha C7 piano with engineer Matt Boudreau assisting, as well as Arnold’s prized 1984 Yamaha G2 5/8th Grand Piano.

Hammer Inventions is slated for official release on Oct 15th, 2011 with live performances through Northern California at select Piano Retailers and performing arts centers.  As of October 1, 2011, fans can buy the album directly from the artists on their Bandcamp site http://www.hammerinventions.bandcamp.com.  In the month of October 2011, ‘Hammer Inventions” was the feature artist on TheArtistsForum.org, a non-profit service organization specializing in events, juried competitions, and media for artists.

About the Composers

Lynda Arnold is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (voice, flute, piano, and guitar) and electronic musician/sound artist who has been producing, performing, and developing her own sound for over 10 years as ‘Divasonic;’ an ethereal, song driven electronic music project with multiple album and single releases on labels EMI, Clubstar (Germany), Cyberset (San Francisco), Epiphyte (San Francisco), Temple Music Group (San Francisco) and her own imprint, Digital Bliss.

As a multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and music producer, she has spent years collaborating with other artists and touring in support of her releases.  In addition, she founded Digital Bliss Productions to promote the music of up-and-coming, as well as established female-fronted electronic bands and music producers around the globe.

Past projects include multiple sponsored events and fundraisers featuring DBP artists, two compilation releases; “Digital Bliss Vol. 1 & 2,” in conjunction with Boutique Electronique Records and ongoing music production projects for clients in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Lynda is also a seasoned music and audio production educator at the leading independent professional music production school west of the Mississippi, Pyramind Training.  She is passionate about developing the talents of others and strives to develop the unique musical and creative voice in each and every one of her students.

http://www.divasonic.com
http://www.soundcloud.com/divasonic
http://www.divasonic.bandcamp.com
http://www.digitalblissproductions.com
http://www.learningwithlynda.com

 

 

Daniel Berkman is a San Francisco-based composer, multi-instrumentalist, electronic musician, looper, producer, film and dance score composer and innovator of electro-acoustic music, specializing in the Gravikord and Kora (a 21-stringed West African harp), on which he has produced three acclaimed musical releases; Heartstrings’(1996), ‘Feverdreams’(1998) and ‘Calabashmoon’(2005).  Daniel is the son of John Berkman, currently the principal pianist with the California Philharmonic Orchestra and renowned Broadway pianist of over 60 years, who wrote incidental dance music for such Broadway hits as Follies, Sugar, Minnies Boys, and worked along side Stephen Sondheim.

In addition, Daniel composes film scores and has also composed many dance scores for notable San Francisco Bay Area choreographers and dance companies such as ODC, the San Francisco Ballet, Kunst-Stoff, Sara Shelton Mann, Lizz Roman and Dancers, Dandelion Dance Company, Company Mechanique, Stacy Printz Dance Project, Heidi Schweiker, Janice Garrett and Dancers, and many others.

In 2009 Daniel released his debut electronic music album ‘Tape’ under the moniker ‘Colfax’ and has been performing live as ‘Colfax’ since 2008.

Daniel is currently putting the finishing touches on his upcoming follow-up to ‘Tape’, ‘The Jupiter Expeditions,’ an impressionistic exploration of the planet Jupiter and it’s mysteries. ‘The Jupiter Expeditions’ was recorded entirely, and fittingly, on the infamous, and legendary, Roland Jupiter 8 synthesizer.  The Roland Jupiter 8 is a classic eight-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer introduced by Roland Corporation in 1981.  The groundbreaking Jupiter 8 paved the “creative way” for countless leading electronic musicians over the past three decades, including, but not limited to, Duran Duran, No Doubt, The Cars, Devo, Foreigner, Rush, Tears for Fears, Simple Minds, Queen, Journey, Michael Jackson, Enya and Abba.

http://www.danielberkman.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/danielberkman
http://www.reverbnation.com/colfax
http://colfax.bandcamp.com/

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