Colour Piano for Chromatic Portraits

I'm looking forward to visiting Primevera at the MCA soon - it's a showcase of young Australian artists. Looking at the line-up, one person really caught my eye - Danae Valenza.

There's some great work on her site, but the one I like best is a piano that plays light as well as sound. It's similar to the Wurlitzer at the Montreux Jazz Festival I featured earlier, but I think this has a lot more soul to it.

A modified Collard and Collard Baby Grand Piano. Each of the 88 keys are assigned to a different coloured, hand painted incandescent light globe. The sound-to-colour scale used in this work was derived from the scale used in Alexander Scriabin’s Prometheus: The Poem of Fire Op. 60 (1910).

The instrument is used to create chromatic ‘portraits’ of songs, using long-exposure, analogue photography.