Sergei Tcherepnin, Metal Mixing Water Piano

Re-recorded piano improvisations and remixing older degraded tapes

Artist Sergei Tcherepnin produces performances and installations incorporating electronic and acoustic sound, often experimenting with materials for transmitting and modulating sonic vibrations. For Frieze Sounds 2015, the artist made a collage of re-recorded piano improvisations he made in the last 15 years, remixing older degraded tapes in a new compilation. Evoking a process similar to avant-garde composer William Basinski’s ‘The Disintegration Loops’, Tcherepnin created a system where the recordings are played through surface transducers attached to brass sheets of various sizes, filtering the sounds through these speaker-instruments and emphasizing the existent tape warble effect.

Sergei Tcherepnin (b. 1981, Boston) lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Overduin & Kite, Los Angeles and Karma International, Zurich (both 2015); Halle Für Kunst, Lüneburg; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA (both 2014). Notable group exhibitions include The Whitney Biennial, New York (2014); “Soundings,” MoMA, New York (2013).

Frieze Sounds is a program of sound works featuring three specially commissioned audio works by international artists. Frieze Sounds 2015 were premiered in the VIP cars at Frieze New York. Sounds were also accessible via a listening station inside the fair and streamed online. Frieze Sounds 2015 was programmed and curated by Cecilia Alemani and presented with BMW.