With the first batch of Push units soon to arrive, we’d like to share some videos that illustrate a few of the possibilities with Ableton’s new instrument. We sent some Push units to Ableton Certified Trainers around the world - now we’d like to introduce a new regular series, Push on Film, where we’ll showcase some of our favorite videos of Push.
In 1979, Polish composer Kazimierz Serocki unveiled "Pianophonie", an experimental music piece for piano, orchestra, and "live electronic sound transformations". At the time, the electronic elements of the piece were played with custom analog electronics, which would process the sounds of the piano.
Looking to play "Pianophonie" in 2013 was a daunting prospect. As pianist Adam Kosmieja explains, "Electronics required for this composition were almost archaic and nearly impossible to get." To replace these outdated electronics, Kosmieja and electronics collaborator Kamil Keska created custom devices in Max for Live, which were controlled using Push and a Novation Launchpad. Watch a short documentary about the incredible process of bringing this piece to life: