Every time they eat a dead man, they can say: one more the State won't get for piano technician (2014)

*Concept piece/installation

Every time they eat a dead man, they can say: one more the State won’t get for piano technician consists of a set of instructions to disassemble the inner mechanism of a piano. Contact microphones are to be placed on the shell, the soundboard, both bridges, and/or the cast iron frame of the piano.  Once the action is removed at least one microphone should be placed near the dampers, as well as a few distributed along the keyframe to pick up vibrations from the action mechanism as it is taken apart.  These microphones are to be fed into a mixer and output to a few sets of bone conduction transducers (as many as are feasible), which are required to witness the piece.  The score is the ordered list of parts to be removed.  Parts on the action table are identified by the pitch and register number associated with a given key.  The strings and dampers are identified by number, left to right.  When necessary, string unisons are identified by letter: a, b, and c, left to right.  The mechanism is broken down in such a way as to avoid needless destruction or damage to its constituent parts.  The point is not necessarily to destroy the piano but to methodically and carefully take it apart piece by piece.  As such, the gestural language is not one of ripping out glued parts but of unscrewing -- gradual relief of a massive tension.  Once the outer layers of the shell (the desk, keyslip, lid, keycover, etc.), and the action are removed, the piece deals with five groups of the mechanism: the dampers (highlighted in yellow) and the strings on the piano casing, and the hammers (green), wippen (blue), and keys (purple) on the table for the action, opposite the piano.

http://www.piano.christophersmit.com/actionDetail.htm (highlighted grouping mine)

http://www.piano.christophersmit.com/actionDetail.htm (highlighted grouping mine)

The title refers to endo-cannibalism as practiced by the (now extinct) Atchei Gatu tribe of Paraguay.  The Atchei Gatu ate their dead to protect the living from ove or name or soul of the deceased.   Once the ove has left the body in death it seeks to invade a living body among the tribe through the affects of grieving, which is believed to cause sickness and death.  Because the body is where the ove wants to return, the only way to ward off or control its movements is to disassemble and ingest the body it inhabited in life.  The Atchei Gatu also preferred the taste.

A name that has been used up is abolished... The meaning of cannibalism in a pre-signifying regime is precisely this: eating the name... It should not be thought that a semiotic of this kind functions by ignorance, repression, or foreclosure of the signifier. On the contrary, it is animated by a keen presentiment of what is to come. It does not need to understand it to fight against it. It is wholly destined by its very segmentarity and poly-vocality to avert the already-present threat: universalizing abstraction, erection of the signifier, circularity of statements, and their correlates, the State apparatus, the instatement of the despot, the priestly caste, the scapegoat, etc. Every time they eat a dead man, they can say: one more the State won't get.
    
    Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus p.118

Required items:
- A grand or baby grand piano (an alternate version can be made for upright piano).
- At least six contact microphones (the more the better).  Experimentation with mic place-
ment is encouraged.
- A mixer.  An overall balance in the mix should be achieved.  This may require higher
levels from the inputs connected to the action mechanism.
- Bone conduction transducer apparatuses, including amplifier and hands free device.
- A sturdy table positioned opposite the piano to house the keyframe and action
mechanism, once removed.

 

Score/list of parts to be removed:

  1. Desk

  2. (With the top down) Top

  3. Keyboard cover

  4. Keyslip

  5. Keyblocks

  6. Action, place it on the table.

  7. Place contact microphones along the keyframe.

  8. If there is an action stack or anything blocking access to the action, remove it.

  9. Damper 25

  10. Damper 26

  11. Damper 70

  12. Hammer D6

  13. String 25a

  14. String 73c

  15. Hammer A4

  16. Damper 65

  17. Damper 51

  18. String 85a

  19. Hammer B6

  20. Damper 62

  21. String 83c

  22. Damper 27

  23. String 70a

  24. Hammer A3

  25. Hammer Gb7

  26. String 75b

  27. Hammer Gb1

  28. Damper 9

  29. Damper 33

  30. Damper 57

  31. Damper 2

  32. Damper 22

  33. Damper 63

  34. Wippen Gb7

  35. String 22a

  36. Hammer G4

  37. Hammer B2

  38. Damper 18

  39. Hammer B5

  40. Hammer C7

  41. Damper 41

  42. String 51a

  43. String 65b

  44. Wippen Gb1

  45. Damper 44

  46. Damper 17

  47. Damper 7

  48. String 18a

  49. Damper 5

  50. Damper 28

  51. Hammer Gb6

  52. Damper 32

  53. Hammer C8

  54. Damper 50

  55. String 41a

  56. Hammer Ab1

  57. Damper 53

  58. Damper 10

  59. Damper 1

  60. Damper 43

  61. Damper 21

  62. String 22b

  63. Wippen Gb6

  64. Hammer E1

  65. Key Gb1

  66. Damper 35

  67. Hammer G5

  68. Damper 42

  69. Damper 54

  70. String 5

  71. Hammer Db1

  72. Damper 29

  73. Damper 13

  74. Damper 19

  75. Hammer Ab3

  76. Wippen Ab3

  77. Damper 23

  78. String 85b

  79. Wippen C7

  80. String 43c

  81. String 73a

  82. Damper 30

  83. Wippen G5

  84. Damper 12

  85. Hammer Bb3

  86. String 83b

  87. String 17a

  88. Hammer A0

  89. Damper 20

  90. String 79b

  91. String 79a

  92. Hammer F2

  93. Hammer C6

  94. Hammer A6

  95. Hammer E6

  96. Hammer Ab2

  97. String 86a

  98. String 50a

  99. String 42c

  100. Damper 45

  101. String 53a

  102. String 42a

  103. String 44a

  104. Key G5

  105. Damper 52

  106. Wippen Db1

  107. Hammer B0

  108. String 13b

  109. Damper 64

  110. Damper 15

  111. String 18b

  112. String 52c

  113. Wippen F2

  114. Wippen Ab2

  115. String 2

  116. Key F2

  117. String 88a

  118. Damper 4

  119. Damper 11

  120. String 32c

  121. Damper 39

  122. Damper 60

  123. Hammer Bb1

  124. String 76c

  125. Hammer Bb6

  126. String 63b

  127. String 57a

  128. String 73b

  129. String 15b

  130. String 9

  131. Hammer G6

  132. Damper 68

  133. Hammer E3

  134. Damper 3

  135. Hammer Eb7

  136. String 77b

  137. String 21b

  138. String 32b

  139. Wippen A0

  140. Wippen Eb7

  141. String 57c

  142. Damper 40

  143. String 12b

  144. Key Gb7

  145. Hammer B1

  146. Hammer F4

  147. String 23a

  148. String 26a

  149. Damper 59

  150. Damper 14

  151. Hammer C5

  152. Hammer Db6

  153. Wippen A6

  154. String 75a

  155. String 14a

  156. String 50c

  157. Wippen B2

  158. String 27b

  159. Damper 66

  160. Hammer G7

  161. Key B2

  162. Hammer C4

  163. String 35a

  164. String 87a

  165. Damper 31

  166. String 17b

  167. Wippen G4

  168. String 10

  169. String 62a

  170. Wippen A3

  171. Hammer D5

  172. String 31a

  173. String 68b

  174. String 30c

  175. Damper 47

  176. Hammer E7

  177. String 14b

  178. Hammer Eb2

  179. Wippen D5

  180. String 7

  181. Damper 6

  182. String 27a

  183. String 28a

  184. Wippen C5

  185. Key A0

  186. String 74a

  187. Hammer Ab7

  188. String 84c

  189. Hammer B3

  190. Hammer B4

  191. String 60b

  192. Damper 69

  193. Hammer F3

  194. Hammer C3

  195. String 82a

  196. String 6

  197. String 88b

  198. Hammer Bb7

  199. Hammer Eb4

  200. Hammer Gb4

  201. Key D5

  202. Hammer A2

  203. Damper 34

  204. Wippen C8

  205. Hammer A5

  206. Hammer Ab6

  207. String 20b

  208. String 25b

  209. Hammer F6

  210. Key A3

  211. Wippen A4

  212. String 33a

  213. String 30b

  214. Hammer Db5

  215. Key A6

  216. Hammer E2

  217. Damper 24

  218. Key Gb6

  219. Hammer Eb1

  220. Damper 61

  221. Wippen Gb4

  222. Wippen C3

  223. Wippen Db6

  224. String 44b

  225. Wippen Bb6

  226. Wippen Db5

  227. Wippen Ab1

  228. String 13a

  229. String 53c

  230. Wippen C6

  231. Hammer F1

  232. Hammer Db2

  233. String 21a

  234. Wippen B4

  235. Key C7

  236. String 4

  237. String 74b

  238. Hammer Db7

  239. Wippen B5

  240. String 78a

  241. Hammer D3

  242. Key Db5

  243. String 32a

  244. Key G4

  245. String 83a

  246. Wippen E3

  247. Wippen B0

  248. String 51b

  249. Key C3

  250. Wippen B6

  251. Key B6

  252. Hammer Bb2

  253. String 28b

  254. Wippen Bb3

  255. String 72a

  256. String 41b

  257. Wippen Eb4

  258. Key B5

  259. Wippen A2

  260. String 47c

  261. Hammer E5

  262. Key Db1

  263. Hammer C1

  264. Wippen G6

  265. Hammer Eb3

  266. Key Bb3

  267. String 34a

  268. Damper 48

  269. String 34b

  270. Wippen B3

  271. Wippen Bb2

  272. Wippen G7

  273. String 82b

  274. Wippen D3

  275. String 88c

  276. String 71a

  277. String 20a

  278. String 39c

  279. Wippen F3

  280. Key C5

  281. Wippen C1

  282. Hammer Eb6

  283. String 31c

  284. Hammer Eb5

  285. Hammer G1

  286. Key Eb4

  287. Wippen G1

  288. String 19a

  289. Wippen Eb5

  290. String 31b

  291. Key G1

  292. Hammer Gb2

  293. String 72c

  294. Key Ab3

  295. String 80b

  296. String 35c

  297. Wippen Bb7

  298. String 84a

  299. String 68a

  300. String 15a

  301. Key B4

  302. String 30a

  303. Key Eb5

  304. String 33b

  305. Hammer Db3

  306. String 40c

  307. Damper 16

  308. Hammer A7

  309. String 79c

  310. String 72b

  311. Wippen D6

  312. Wippen Eb1

  313. String 84b

  314. Hammer E4

  315. String 29c

  316. Hammer G2

  317. Wippen Db7

  318. Wippen Eb2

  319. Damper 8

  320. Hammer Bb4

  321. Hammer Gb5

  322. Wippen Ab7

  323. String 19b

  324. String 29b

  325. String 12a

  326. String 26b

  327. Wippen Db3

  328. Hammer Ab4

  329. Key Bb6

  330. String 80a

  331. Key A4

  332. Hammer G3

  333. Wippen Bb4

  334. Wippen E5

  335. Wippen F1

  336. String 24b

  337. String 42b

  338. Hammer B7

  339. String 85c

  340. Wippen F6

  341. Wippen E6

  342. String 3

  343. Damper 37

  344. Key Gb4

  345. String 86b

  346. String 41c

  347. Wippen E7

  348. Key A2

  349. Wippen G3

  350. String 8

  351. Hammer F5

  352. String 24a

  353. String 60a

  354. Key Db3

  355. Key Eb7

  356. String 11a

  357. String 77c

  358. String 11b

  359. String 69a

  360. String 53b

  361. Wippen Bb1

  362. Key Bb4

  363. Key Db7

  364. String 33c

  365. Wippen Gb5

  366. Wippen Ab6

  367. Wippen Eb6

  368. Hammer D1

  369. Key Gb5

  370. String 45c

  371. String 16a

  372. String 45b

  373. String 74c

  374. Key Eb6

  375. String 75c

  376. Key B3

  377. Wippen A7

  378. Hammer Bb0

  379. String 43a

  380. Wippen C4

  381. String 43b

  382. Key E6

  383. String 16b

  384. String 23b

  385. Wippen E1

  386. String 86c

  387. String 66a

  388. String 29a

  389. String 1

  390. String 71b

  391. Wippen D1

  392. String 52b

  393. Wippen G2

  394. Key C8

  395. String 87b

  396. String 87c

  397. String 76a

  398. String 45a

  399. Wippen A5

  400. String 80c

  401. Damper 38

  402. String 34c

  403. Wippen Db2

  404. String 82c

  405. Key D3

  406. String 40b

  407. Key Ab6

  408. Wippen Ab4

  409. Key A5

  410. Key F6

  411. Key D1

  412. Key E7

  413. String 38a

  414. Damper 49

  415. Key Eb2

  416. Hammer D2

  417. Hammer Ab5

  418. Key E5

  419. String 78c

  420. String 35b

  421. String 81b

  422. Damper 36

  423. Key Ab2

  424. String 36b

  425. String 47b

  426. String 78b

  427. Wippen F5

  428. Key Bb2

  429. Damper 46

  430. Key G6

  431. Hammer Gb3

  432. String 54c

  433. Key Eb1

  434. Wippen D2

  435. Wippen B1

  436. String 81a

  437. String 71c

  438. Hammer D4

  439. Wippen E2

  440. Key E1

  441. String 64c

  442. String 70c

  443. String 64a

  444. String 81c

  445. Key F3

  446. String 36c

  447. Wippen B7

  448. Key C4

  449. Hammer Db4

  450. String 70b

  451. String 46b

  452. Key D6

  453. String 39a

  454. String 77a

  455. Damper 58

  456. String 52a

  457. Hammer D7

  458. String 36a

  459. String 76b

  460. String 37b

  461. String 37a

  462. Key G2

  463. Wippen E4

  464. Wippen D7

  465. Key F5

  466. String 37c

  467. Wippen F4

  468. Key D7

  469. String 38c

  470. Wippen Ab5

  471. Key F1

  472. String 38b

  473. String 39b

  474. Hammer F7

  475. Wippen F7

  476. Wippen Eb3

  477. Key E2

  478. Key C1

  479. Key Ab1

  480. String 64b

  481. String 69c

  482. String 44c

  483. String 63a

  484. Key F7

  485. String 40a

  486. String 46a

  487. String 69b

  488. Hammer A1

  489. String 46c

  490. Wippen Gb2

  491. String 51c

  492. Wippen Bb0

  493. String 54a

  494. Key Ab7

  495. String 68c

  496. String 47a

  497. String 63c

  498. Key Ab4

  499. Hammer Bb5

  500. String 49a

  501. Key Eb3

  502. String 54b

  503. Key G7

  504. Key Ab5

  505. Damper 56

  506. Key C6

  507. Key G3

  508. String 59b

  509. String 48a

  510. Damper 55

  511. String 49b

  512. Damper 67

  513. String 60c

  514. Key Bb1

  515. Hammer C2

  516. Key E3

  517. Wippen A1

  518. Key B0

  519. Key Bb0

  520. String 48b

  521. String 67b

  522. String 67c

  523. Key A1

  524. String 49c

  525. Wippen Db4

  526. Wippen Gb3

  527. Key F4

  528. String 59a

  529. Wippen Bb5

  530. String 67a

  531. String 48c

  532. Key Db6

  533. Key Db4

  534. String 57b

  535. Key B1

  536. Key B7

  537. Wippen C2

  538. Key Bb5

  539. String 50b

  540. Key A7

  541. Key C2

  542. String 55a

  543. String 66c

  544. String 56b

  545. String 65a

  546. String 62c

  547. Key Gb3

  548. String 55c

  549. String 65c

  550. String 66b

  551. Wippen D4

  552. Key Bb7

  553. String 56a

  554. String 62b

  555. String 61c

  556. String 55b

  557. Key Db2

  558. String 56c

  559. String 58b

  560. String 59c

  561. String 61b

  562. Key D2

  563. String 61a

  564. Key E4

  565. Key Gb2

  566. String 58a

  567. String 58c

  568. Key D4

  569. If any parts have slipped through the cracks and remain, remove them.

  570. Inform participants that the piece has finished.