June 20, 2014
These New Puritans collaborate with The Vinyl Factory to create interactive installation Magnetic Field at 180 The Strand.
These New Puritans are a band from Essex, England, comprising of twin brothers Jack and George Barnett, their friend Thomas Hein and the many different collaborators who are drawn into their orbit. Their music is widely lauded as amongst the most original and progressive in the world, having released three unique and critically acclaimed albums that highlight their uncompromising musical vision.
The Magnetic Field exhibition centred around the ‘Magnetic Resonator Piano’(MRP), an electronically-augmented acoustic piano which uses a series of electromagnets combined with sensors to resonate, bend and torment the piano’s strings, creating infinite sustain, crescendos, harmonics, pitch bends and incredible new timbres.
The MRP was used for the first time in popular music on TNP’s album Field of Reeds (Infectious Music, 2013) and will now be on display for the public to experience too. Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to engage with the MRP via motion-sensor technology, alongside other interactive exhibits enabling them to participate in the TNP sound, creating their own individual sonic experience via a series of triggers, loops, and samples.