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GHOST NOTE competition on Bösendorfer model 225-418 CEUS

A piano recital entirely without a pianist—that’s how the finale of the Ghost-Notes composition competition (organizer KOFAKTOR) was presented at Bösendorfer Hall on Friday, December 12.

Ghost Note - composers and performers

Ghost Note - composers and performers

New sound spaces were discovered, detached from the possibilities of a human interpreter and accompanied by multimedia. The organizer of the competition KOFAKTOR (Mario Rosivatz, Michael Mikolasek, Y. V. Lee) presented the finalists Michael Paulus and Peter Jakober at Bösendorfer Saal.
The Bösendorfer computer piano CEUS, the only one of its kind in all the world, “interpreted” new works of Austrian composers within the KOFAKTOR presentation concert—no classical works, but rather ones specially composed for computer piano. Among them, works by Michael Mikolasek, who “played” the CEUS on an electric drum set using algorithmic data, Young-Ok, Victoria Lee, Art Denissov, Michael Mikolasek, Mario Rosivatz, Karlheinz Essl and Peter Jakober were performed. Mr. Jakober also received first prize for his composition “Puls 3" that was handed over to him by organizer and KOFAKTOR-president Mario Rosivatz.
In use onstage was the Model 225-418 CEUS, which had just returned from the Konstantin Wecker tour. The interpretations presented an entirely new challenge for the piano. Thus, 88 keys were played all at once and repetitions as well as intensity of attack beyond what is humanly possible were demanded. The collaboration was a wonderful occasion for the further development of the steadfastness of Bösendorfer instruments in particular, as well as for the CEUS.