Sonic Portrait of a Piano's Demolition

Listener Timothy Twiss of Highland, Mich., had to take a piano apart. For his SoundClip, he assembled the recording of that process in composition form.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

Today's sound clip comes from a listener in Michigan who offers this sonic portrait of destruction.

TIMOTHY TWISS: My name is Timothy Twiss. And my wife and I own a music store in Highland, Michigan. We're getting ready to move to a new location and we had to get this huge 100-year-old upright grand out of the second floor. It was so brutal getting it in that I just couldn't face the idea of taking it out. So I got the help of a friend, Kevin Crane(ph), and he came in with his tools, and we decided we were going to dismantle it.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARTISTIC PIANO DESTRUCTION)

TWISS: While we were going out, they realized that my recording equipment was right in the room next door, so I recorded the entire event.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARTISTIC PIANO DESTRUCTION)

TWISS: And being a musician, I - just listening to it later and could hear the composition in what we did, and I spliced the most interesting parts together.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARTISTIC PIANO DESTRUCTION)

SIEGEL: "Artistic Piano Destruction," a composition by Timothy Twiss of Highland, Michigan. You can find out more about our SoundClips project at npr.org.

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