Simian Mobile Disco's Jas Shaw makes Disklavier-centered album with Bas Grossfeldt

Simian Mobile Disco‘s Jas Shaw is releasing a new album in collaboration with Bas Grossfeldt on June 5th.

Drone will release Klavier, which is built around the Disklavier piano—an acoustic piano fitted with electronic sensors and mechanisms to allow for prepared piano-style works.

The album has its origins in a day Shaw spent with Grossfeldt in Cologne where they booked a studio and noticed a Disklavier. Shaw created a Max/MSP patch to control the instrument electronically while Grossfeldt physically dampened the strings to create new sounds.

Shaw is best known as a founding member of Simian Mobile Disco, and he released his first solo album last year. Grossfeldt, meanwhile, is known for contemporary art under his real name, Søren Siebel. As Bas Grossfeldt, he has an EP forthcoming on Juan Atkins’ Metroplex label.

Listen to “Klavier p.”

01. Klavier pp

02. Klavier mf

03. Klavier f

04. Klavier fff

05. Klavier mp

06. Klavier p

07. Klavier ppp

Drone will release Klavier on June 5th, 2020.