…60+ recordings of “Gymnopédie 1” played simultaneously. It’s a wonderful, beautiful intervention on the beloved piano piece, composed by Erik Satie in 1888. It’s been written that the Gymnopédies were a precursor to the ambient music tradition, and this is a perfect redux and commentary on that notion. This piece also creates insights into patterns of performance and interpretation on the parts of the pianists, such as the long rest near the middle, which is highly subject to variation, contrasted with the final chord, which lands with a definitive crash.
Soundcloud commenter pixelife actually did a version of this very same concept in 2011 as an installation:
Both works strongly remind me of one of my other favorite ambient works, Brian Eno’s “Fullness of Wind (Variation on ‘The Canon in D Major’)”, which begins as an ordinary performance of Pachelbel’s masterpiece, but quickly starts to unravel: