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Toy Piano Improvisation #3 – LIVE

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Here’s one of our Toy Piano improvisation Duet from our Duende gig in Oakland:

Photos from Hammer Inventions Show At Duende

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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Show at Duende in Downtown Oakland March 2nd – 9pm

Friday, February 14th, 2014

We are very excited to play Duende in Downtown Oakland on March 2nd. Duende is a fantastic spanish food restaurant and live venue showcasing the best of local new music, jazz and improvisation. Not to mention they have a wonderful Yamaha C7 grand piano which is the same piano we recorded our record on. Feels like home already! Below are a few pictures from the showcase we did on Halloween (10/31/13) as part of Motoko Honda’s Duende Mischief: Music, Film and Dance event.


Official Hammer Inventions YouTube Page

Friday, January 25th, 2013

You can now listen to and share the entire debut Hammer Inventions album on YouTube with accompanying Piano Hammer images by Jessika Vermette. We are also now released on RTFM/Sugo Records.

Visages Mecanique – New Video & Music

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Video by Daniel Berkman
Music by Lynda Arnold and Daniel Berkman – Hammer Inventions

About The Video From Daniel Berkman:

Visages Mécanique (Mechanical Faces) was filmed at the Musée Mecanique at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.
I’ve always been inspired by the mechanically operated musical instruments and antique arcade machines and on a recent visit to the place I felt compelled to whip out my iPhone and take some moving pictures. I thought in order to avoid glare and to keep a steady shot I’d just slide the phone across the conveniently placed glass barrier between me and the ruggedly crafted antique displays.
What I realized upon looking back at the footage was that there was a particular melancholy quality to these faces. They were like ghosts, playing out age old scenarios at the drop of a coin. But on my iPhone the footage seemed particularly haunting. I was tempted to devise an evocative musical score.

The first thing that came to mind was a track Lynda Arnold and myself had written in February called “The Spaces Between”. It was essentially a Hammer Inventions track composed of all piano related sounds; piano, prepared piano, bowed piano, plucked piano and even ambience that was taken from Musée Mecanique which was slowed down and played backwards. The track fit perfectly, even down to the bowed piano line syncing with the sequence of the four faces. I decided to relate the track to the footage and so called it “Visages Mécanique”. Not because I know French but because it kept with the theme of the video and because I thought it sounded cool.

The other key element to making “Visages” was the use of an iPhone app called 8mm which converts normal footage into vintage masterpieces. I would use different effects for certain clips but leave the bowed piano bit during the chorus without the vintage effect to create an environmental contrast.
I found the 8mm effect to be very realistic and it really inspired me to experiment with timbres within the soundtrack.

Hammer Inventions Live Performance Video and Photography Videos

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Wonderful video of Hammer Inventions’ live performance of ‘Vortex’ at Salle Pianos on 2/4/12. Special thanks to Keith Crusher, Max Savage Cianna Stewart and Artemis Robison for shooting and editing the video. Watch it on our homepage or go to YouTube to watch it – please share!

Also check out ‘Bittersuite’ and ‘Passionata’ with custom piano hammer photography by Jessika Vermette ( Art direction by Lynda Arnold, Daniel Berkman and Jessika Vermette.

Salle Piano CD Release Party Shots

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day !

Our CD Release Party and debut performance at Salle Piano Gallery in San Francisco was a GREAT success.  We got to play a vintage $175K Bosendorfer piano (!) and pluck a turn of the century art case piano as well.  The room sounded great with all the electronic and acoustic elements mixed together.  The icing was Daniel Durrett’s live visuals projected above us on the gallery wall.  Sweet!!  A great way to kick things off for Hammer Inventions.  The room was FULL of our devoted supporters.  Video of the set is coming soon and we are very inspired at the moment writing new pieces, coming up with ideas and concepts and other piano generated sound and textures.  We are thinking about adding harpsichord…and maybe other vintage electronic keyboard sampled instruments….

More Video is on the Way!  In the meantime, check out a couple short videos of ‘Bittersuite’ and ‘Vortex’



photos by Susanna Goldenstein

San Francisco CD Release Party Coming UP at Salle Pianos

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

We are very excited to announce our Hammer Inventions CD Release party and Performance at Salle Piano Gallery on Market Street In San Francisco February 4, 2012 from 7-10pm!

Official San Francisco celebration for the Hammer Inventions Album featuring a live performance on antique pianos and electronics by Lynda Arnold and Daniel Berkman. The duo perform selections and improvisations from the record in this very special salon style performance.

WEBSITE:  Salle Pianos
Also, opening the show will be a very special guest of honor all the way from Los Angeles, the piano virtuoso John Berkman.

For those of you who have not been to Salle Pianos, you are in for a real treat. Owner, Tibor, will be providing wine, champagne and his very own hungarian goulash with bread and salad for you after this debut live set by the Hammer Inventions duo. Tibor and the Salle Pianos crew sell, buy and restore art case pianos from all over the US Europe and display them in the showroom where they also host all kinds of live music events. This is the perfect venue for Hammer Inventions to flourish in live performance.

The ticket for the evening includes the food, drinks and music. The artists will make money from CD Sales only so make sure you buy a copy of CD when you are at the event or buy one for a friend. Thank you so much for your support!

Hammer Inventions CDs and Digital Downloads!

Friday, October 21st, 2011

We are happy to announce that Hammer Inventions CDs and Digital Downloads are now available on CDBaby, Itunes and Amazon.   We are also selling CDs through our Bandcamp page that come bundled with a collectible Piano Hammer Key Chain.  The feedback about the album from bloggers, podcasts and social media has been fantastic and we are so excited to start playing live.   We are currently planning a CD release party and regional tour – more Details TBA.


‘…Beautifully Honest and True to It’s Theme…’ Whitney at

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Click the Picture Below to read a great review of the Hammer Inventions Record by Whitney at