The Piano Mill (2016)


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 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

Set to Music - ArchitectureAU

Piano Mill - Highlife Downs Living Magazine


2017 APRA-AMCOS Award for Excellence in Experimental Music

2017 Queensland Architecture Award

16 Pianos in a purpose-built tower in the forest.

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