All's grist that comes to the mill (2016)
16 Pianos in a purpose-built tower in the forest. 47:00.
Nestled in the forest at Harrigan's Lane, near Stanthorpe, The Piano Mill is a unique architectural feature, an homage to outback Australia, and an outrageous musical instrument all in one. A square structure cladded in copper, it's designed by architect Bruce Wolfe (director of Conrad Gargett) and purpose-built to house sixteen pianos - eight at ground level and eight on the "mezzanine." The walls consist of large-scale louvers, which can be opened and shut to alter the Mill's acoustic.
To launch The Piano Mill, composer Erik Griswold created a new concert-length work, exploring the unprecedented sound potential of this new mega-instrument. Structured in 7 parts, "All's grist that comes to the mill" Incorporates mass sound textures, nature-inspired soundscapes, and parlour nostalgia.
Commissioned by Bruce and Jocelyn Wolfe. Premiered at The Piano Mill, near Stanthorpe, NSW.