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Grandbrothers are putting out some delightfully intriguing sounds that fuse jazz piano with electronic sounds, resulting in glorious, layered, uplifting sounds.
The open-minded German duo play a grand piano hooked up with electronics and machinery to create a unique orchestral sound.
Τhey wouldn’t necessarily describe their music in such simple terms. “It’s more a mix of jazz, classical, electronic, many different elements,” Sarp says. The pair have contrasting roles: trained jazz musician Sarp plays the piano while Vogel stands to one side, quietly shaping and sculpting the sound using software that he designed himself.
The first part of the software controls the hammers which hit the piano strings to change their sound. “It was a big moment when we first heard those hammers. I programmed a pattern, a repetitive pattern, and I just played it,” Vogel says. The second part of the software controls the live sampling of piano music. “The idea was to record a sound and play it back, again and again,” he says. The result was an experimental mixture of classical piano and modern electronica. “It’s a totally unique sound,” Sarp says.
The unique Grandbrothers performances reproduce the process by which the duet created the three albums that have been released so far. The unconventional set-up on stage creates the feeling that you are following an open heart surgery on a piano. No appearance is the same as the other.