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London-based composer Jon Opstad’s new album “Extensions (Music for Computer-Controlled Prepared Piano) is composed entirely of sounds produced by one instrument, a Yamaha U3 Disklavier – an upright piano that can be controlled via computer. Using a combination of acoustic preparation techniques, playing the instrument percussively and electronic processing, the music explores a wide textural range from this one instrument, encompassing expansive ambient soundscapes, eccentric rhythmic percussive patterns, bold cinematic motifs and delicate melodies.
Jon’s work as a composer spans scores for film & television, game music, music for contemporary dance, concert music and album projects, including scores for cult TV drama Black Mirror, Amazon sci-fi thriller The Feed and Ubisoft game Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege amongst many others. Jon was nominated for a British Composer Award in 2014 for his score for contemporary dance work Ignis, and the track “Ignis IV” from the work was later used as the score for a trailer for the major Hollywood film Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones. Jon’s single “Blue Sky, White Clouds”, for string quintet and piano, was released on Deutsche Grammophon in 2020. He was the winner of the 2011 Presteigne Festival competition for composers with a composition for solo piano. Radio broadcasts of his music include BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, In Tune and Unclassified programmes, as well as New Sounds on New York radio station WNYC, for which Jon was interviewed for a profile of his music in 2015.
This is the first in a series of ‘Extensions’ albums, each exploring in depth the musical possibilities of a single instrument or family of instruments.