The Poetics of Space

by Ivodne Galatea

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This is the second volume of recordings of my arrangements for the Hohner Guitaret and Hohner Pianet of the traditional literature of the Mbira, Karimba and Kalimba of Africa.

The Guitaret and Pianet are instruments designed by Ernst Zacharias for Hohner in the 1960s. Both of the instruments incorporated a set of lamellae (the tines of the thumb piano) within a mechanism designed to make them more amenable to performance within the European musical tradition. The Pianet plays on the lamellae with a classical keyboard configuration, using silicone pads that rest on the lines, and a released with a snap when the key is depressed. The Guitaret lays the tines out in an array designed to play chords in a cycle of fifths, . It was never intended as a melodic instrument.

Since the Guitaret and the Pianet are my main instruments for composing and performing, I have long been interested in how a traditional music for the ancestors of those instruments could be made available for those them (in the manner of Brahms' Hungarian Dances, or Chopin's Mazurkas, or the German Dances of Beethoven and Mozart). These efforts were in parallel with my attempts to make a Guitaret literature out of the Western Classical tradition (in my Art Guitaret Series).


released October 21, 2015




Ivodne Galatea Nedlands, Australia

Principally playing original compositions of an ambient nature on the Hohner Guitaret as well as other thumb pianos/finger harps/lamellophones.
Interested in orchestration using field recordings, per the great John Cage's suggestions (1937).
The pieces are all pataphysical book reviews. They consist of musical essays on books of the same title that haven't been written, but should have.
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