Mikhail Krishtal, Director of Music Research and Production, is a composer, music theorist, researcher and educator. Upon receipt of his DMA from Moscow Conservatory in 1994, he taught there at the Department of Composition and conducted research at the Theremin Center for Electro-Acoustic Music. Dr. Krishtal has composed music in both instrumental and electro-acoustic domains. His primary music theory interests are in compositional and analytic methods of the Neue Wiener Schule. His research in the electro-acoustic field has been focused on integrating the genuine qualities of traditional performance with the utmost flexibility and precision of electronic music. From 1999, he continued his research in the United States, including the Duke University Musical Instrument Collection and Zenph Studios.
What is it
A collection of samples played by a Yamaha Disklavier Pro. Pro is an important part here, because its a really more advanced machine than the regular Disklavier.
How is it being done
The Disklavier Pro has an internal electronically-controlled mechanism that allows it to play sounds with very precise specifications. It has its own file format known as XP MIDI, an extension of standard midi. I prepare the files for it to play -- in this case, representing notes of different registers, durations, and dynamic levels.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The main studio location is in Raleigh, North Carolina.