Intro to Prepared Piano

I was driving around the other day, and I popped in a Tori Amos cd I had in my car. It was her disc, Under The Pink, and it brought back memories of the first time I was introduced to prepared piano. I was in high school and it was a few years before I had heard of John Cage.

I listened to the song Bells for Her, which is just vocals and prepared piano. I remember wondering what was wrong with the piano. I later read an interview Tori Amos talked about preparing the instrument. She said they just threw in canned goods, styro-foam, nuts and bolts into the strings of the piano until the desired results were met.

I was so surpised a person would do that to an instrument to change its sound. I thought it was pretty cool.

Has anyone else had an experienced where they were introduced to extended techniques by the pop music world?

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