Blender Project

for piano & laptop

Blender Excerpt
False Memories Excerpt
Fires of 1918 Excerpt
Glyph Excerpt
The Last Blackbird Excerpt
Sans Serif Excerpt
Unnamed Orchestra Excerpt

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recorded by Matthew McCright on the album Blender

The Blender Project, which includes several pieces scattered throughout the album, arose from a simple question: what kind of music would sound good in a bar attached to a bowling alley?

Merritt began working on a series of high potency pieces for amplified piano with live electronic manipulation, creating duos between the musician at the piano and the musician at the laptop. What emerges is a picture of a composer deeply engaged with the possibilities of the piano, in both traditional and boundary-breaking ways, and a musician deftly handling the diverse demands of that composer’s pieces.

-Downtown Music Gallery CD newsletter from NYC

The Blender Project, which includes several pieces scattered throughout the album, arose from a simple question: what kind of music would sound good in a bar attached to a bowling alley? Inspired by a concert at Minneapolis’ Bryant-Lake Bowl — a restaurant, bowling alley and performance space rolled into one — Merritt began working on a series of high potency pieces for amplified piano with live electronic manipulation, creating duos between the musician at the piano and the musician at the laptop. The resulting music easily accommodates the noise floor of the venue or at least blends in when it doesn’t.