At a time where iPads are center stage and tradition falls to the touchscreen, I ask myself “Is the piano dead?” With technology creating everything faster, newer, better and in every colour, perhaps the 88s need an update; an adjustment even. Or, maybe it’s not the piano that needs the adjustment; maybe it’s us.
As a Steinway artist I find myself asking how I can connect with an audience whose view of the piano is antiquated but an iPad as second nature? Pairing the traditional (piano) with contemporary (iPad), I crafted an album using the piano as my ‘instrument’ and an iPad to create loops, effects and multiple layers using the software, Ableton Live. Before me sat a vast palette of colors, effects and inspiration like never before. Yet at the core of it all; the piano.
My hope in this recording is to create a new curiosity, a new approach and most importantly a new awareness of what can be made from the keys of black and white. And while the traditionalist in me would prefer to remain ‘un-plugged’, the optimist in me believes inspiring the next generation is only a touchscreen away
*chad lawson is a Steinway Piano artist and records exclusively using DPA microphones.
*everything you hear was created using only a piano and effects. no other instruments were used in this recording.