Conlon Nancarrow’s musical score and piano roll punching machine, Mexico City, (1977)

Charles Amirkhanian Collection ➔ Conlon Nancarrow’s musical score and piano roll punching machine, Mexico City, (1977)

Still image


Identifier
IM.CA.PC.0051.010
Work Type
Photographic print
Image Class
Musical Instruments
Image Series
A Visit with Conlon Nancarrow in Mexico (1977)
Description
A photograph of Conlon Nancarrow’s studio and working space in his Mexico City home in 1977. Clearly visible is a musical score, or schematic, taped to the front of the roll punching machine with the actual roll in the process of being created. Using this machine Nancarrow was able to punch carefully calculated holes in player piano rolls and make the instrument perform inhumanly difficult figures. His concerns with rhythm and sonority are more advanced than almost any in the world, yet his music makes an immediate impression even to those who don’t normally like avant-garde music.
Machinery
Musical notation
Player piano rolls
Mechanical musical instrument music
Player piano music
Image Ownership
Carol Law
Photo Credits
Carol Law
Related place
Mexico City (Mexico) (was created at)
Related Entities
Law, Carol