Answer to Nancarrow

Lars Kynde



Conlon Nancarrow was an American composer who has inspired many by his compositions written for player pianos (mechanical pianos that reproduce music written on rolls of perforated paper). In these works Nancarrow explored an unhuman complexity of rhythms and musical structures.

Kynde has with his machine, Answer to Nancarrow, created a new mechanical system with belt conveyors and translated one of Nancarrow’s complex canons into colours, shapes, and movement.
When performers play the machine as an instrument, the old structure is expressed with a new human relation between performers, music and audience.