This is a special week for Duo Chronicles — not only do we have a regular duet video to present, we also have a video of a different performance of the same song featuring a spoken-word performance by writer Lynn Darroch.
“The Memory of Water” (the title is co-opted from Lynn’s story, featured in the other video), is divided into two distinct sections. The first section has a melodic statement that repeats twice, each time through a different progression of chords. The second section has what is called a “pedal point,” meaning a repeated common tone, usually in the low register.
When Clay and I set out to record the piece, we decided that the second section of the piece might fit will with some extended techniques. In particular, Clay experiments with using different percussive effects on the piano, including an idea taken from modern classical “prepared piano” pieces that involve putting objects inside of the piano. In this case, it was a piece of paper on top of the strings.