Video Documentation of Freedom to Black :: Erdem Helvacıoğlu
During the first ever performance of Maciunas’s work, Ben Vautier, the French performance artist, nailed down all the white keys of this upright piano one by one, rendering the white keys immovable and thus leaving only the black keys functioning.
Erdem Helvacıoğlu recorded the ‘sound memory’ of Maciunas’s piano to create his astonishing 10-minute composition, “Freedom to the Black”. It was a four-day recording session, by using various pieces of equipment and materials—scissors, bows, earplugs, stuffed toys, drum sticks, mallets, hammers, screwdrivers, pieces of silk and wool, among many others things—to extract a wide range of sounds from the piano’s body. Helvacıoğlu used 17 microphones with diverse characteristics and in unconventional placements for the recordings.