Atomic Legacies

by Xenia Pestova Bennett

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"Dispositioned traces of glowing matter slip into our cells, into the spaces between our bodies, into our selves…"

Eve Andree Laramee
'Tracking Our Atomic Legacy: Now We Are All Sons of Bitches'
Women Eco Artists Dialog, Issue Number 5, 2012


The Magnetic Resonator Piano (MRP) is the brainchild of Andrew McPherson, who has been working on this instrument since 2009. Electromagnets are installed above the strings of a regular concert grand without physical contact with the action, allowing for control of minute details of shimmering resonance, fragile pitch bends, sliding crescendi from silence and sustained "bowed" sounds that the performer can shape directly from the keyboard. For a pianist used to the inviolable earth-bound principles of attack and decay, this magical package provides the fuel to grow wings and discover flight.

All of the sounds heard on this recording are produced acoustically. Only whole takes were used and there are just two edits, both to slightly restrict duration.

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released April 6, 2020

Xenia Pestova Bennett - Magnetic Resonator Piano

with the Ligeti Quartet*

Mandhira de Saram - Violin
Patrick Dawkins - Violin
Richard Jones - Viola
Val Welbanks - Cello

Tracks 1-5 - Glowing Radioactive Elements (2018-19)
*Track 6 - Atomic Legacies (2019)

Recorded at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, June 24-26th, 2019
Recorded and Mixed by Simon Hall
Mastered by Simon Hall and Antony Ryan, RedRedPaw Mastering
Piano by Steinway & Sons
Magnetic Resonator Piano installation by Andrew McPherson
Produced by Nick Roth for Diatribe Records, Dublin

Artwork by Helmut Schweizer - Atomic Elegy · Hard Boiled Wonderland (detail) and Atoms in the Family · Particle Boom (detail),
Photographs by Mike Christian
Design by Max Franosch

Xenia Pestova Bennett is supported by PRS Foundation's Women Make Music.

This project was also supported by the RPA and Impact Incentivisation Funds of the University of Nottingham and EPSRC

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