Improbable Pianos

by Robert Scott Thompson



AUDIO UPDATED: June 25, 2020


Improbable Pianos marks the release of some of Robert Scott Thompson’s earliest professionally realized works. All of these tracks were written during his days as a Research Assistant and Doctoral Candidate at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), and were recorded exclusively in the digital domain. Now remastered and released for the first time - in some cases more than 30 years after the date of their composition. The tracks on Improbable Pianos clearly foreshadow RST's more experimental computer music works of the last decade and superbly displayed on 1992’s The Strong Eye & 1994’s Shadow Gazing and more recently on the critically acclaimed release 2001’s Acousma - heralded as ‘An amazing album’ and ‘Thompson’s most important CD release.’

Once again Robert Scott Thompson proves that he is second to none when it comes to squeezing the last possible sound out of an instrument. We've heard electronic, string and vocal work from him. Here it is the piano which is used to create what I'd like to describe as a surreal landscape of alien flowers, giving off sounds instead of fragrances.

If I have to single out one or two tracks, I think it would have to be tracks #9 and #10, "Stellar" and "Toccata," "Stellar" being an especially appropriate title, as it it indeed a stellar track, mysterious, spooky and a tad menacing. "Toccata" sets off like a racehorse on speed and never stops, until the very end. Maybe not the most subtle of tracks, but one that makes the blood flow.

Who needs Metallica to get the blood boiling, when you can listen to a track like "Toccata?"

- Ulf Klasesson


released May 6, 1988

AUDIO UPDATED: June 25, 2020


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The term musical alchemist best describes modern music composer Robert Scott Thompson. Combining his mastery of the electroacoustic, contemporary instrumental, and avant-garde genres into a swirling cohesive whole, he is an important pioneer on music's new frontier.

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