CD: David Lang, this was written by hand
David Lang wrote the piece this was written by hand with a pencil to see if the physical act of writing with a pencil instead of a computer (as he did when he was taught to write music) would have any effect on the music. The other work on this release, memory pieces, are 8 piano works, each for written for a friend who has passed away.
The graphic for this CD was made by rubbing charcoal into the indentations made by writing hard on through several sheets of paper – much as a detective would. It was a reference to the physical act of writing, the attempt to preserve memories and in sympathy with David Lang’s minimalistic aesthetic.
Released on Cantaloupe Music, New York, November 2011