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Oscar Edelstein pays a visit to Bösendorfer

Whilst giving master classes in Vienna, Oscar Edelstein, one of Latin America’s leading avant-garde artist visited Bösendorfer presenting his finished film project “Piano Impossible” that was partly shot at Bösendorfer factory.

"What a feeling! Playing on a Bösendorfer grand piano!"

"What a feeling! Playing on a Bösendorfer grand piano!"

Prof. Edelstein and Welsh singer and  Film Director  Deborah Claire Procter.

Prof. Edelstein and Welsh singer and Film Director Deborah Claire Procter.

Mr. Edelstein, who makes the distinction that he is a composer who plays the piano, not a pianist, is senior professor, Head of Composition (Acoustic and Electro Acoustic) and Director of a research programme at the University of Quilmes in Argentina. The course, prominent both in Argentina and throughout the continent, has over 500 students and many of his alumni have continued as musicians and composers in avant-garde contemporary music, popular and folk music.

Of special interest for Mr. Aiwasian and Mr.Löschnauer, the hosts at Bösendorfer, were Prof. Edelstein’s explanations about the high-tech project “Sonic Crystal Room”. Edelstein, together with the physicist Manuel Eguia at the University of Quilmes has designed a chamber constructed with a purely acoustic system of sound modification which uses the principle of the Sonic Crystal.
A sonic crystal is a finite-size periodic array composed of scatterers embedded in a homogeneous material. It should have full band-gaps where any sound wave is not allowed to propagate but is reflected completely. It is actually a sonic version of a photonic crystal.

The principle of the Sonic Crystal, used in strict connection with Edelstein’s new musical theory, called “The Acoustic grid”, which relates to control of space in music and new concepts of pitch and harmony, is a world first, as is the construction of a room using this principle.

Prof. Edelstein was accompanied by Welsh singer and Film Director Deborah Claire Procter. Her accompanying film is an essential part of Oscars new piano work “Piano Impossible”.