The Piano Mill (2016-present)
16 Pianos in a purpose-built tower in the forest.
Complete performances from the Piano Mill 2016-2020 on our YouTube Playlist.
Hear all the music of the Piano Mill on the Harrigans Lane Record Label
Interview and first performance on ABC Classic FM New Waves podcast with Stephen Adams
Piano Mill Wikipedia entry.
Nestled in the forest at Willsons Downfall, 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.
Each Easter, Clocked Out assembles a team of all-star pianists and instrumentalists to bring The Mill to life, exploring the unprecedented sound of this new mega-instrument. Now an annual fixture of the avant garde music calendar, "Easter at The Piano Mill" features performances in the forest, new chamber music and improvisation, and of course the sixteen pianos of The Piano Mill.
"The Piano Mill’s environmental ‘stage’ is a powerful leveller in which traditional hierarchies are dissolved. Boundaries between performer and composer, architect and musician, audience and performer, raw sound and tunefulness are refreshingly eased. And so too are the often closely guarded borders between jazz, art music, world, folk and experimental genres and, between improvised and notated music. In this event, the random sounds of nature such as carolling butcher birds contribute additional texture." - Gillian Wills, Australian Stage
READ A FEATURE BOOK ABOUT THE MILL
The Piano Mill: Stories from the journey, Uro Publications
READ ARTICLES ABOUT THE MILL
The Sound from Down-Under - Triton Magazine
The Piano Mill: Nostalgic Music and Architecture in the Australian Bush
- Leonardo Music Journal
The Piano Mill - Resonate Magazine
Piano Mill - Highlife Downs Living Magazine
2018 World Architecture Festival Category Winner
2017 APRA-AMCOS Award for Excellence in Experimental Music