Prepared Piano Preparations: Shopping List!

So I decided I should write a prepared piano piece after I finish with Creatures from the Black Bassoon. This should be fun.

Of course, I’ve never written a piece for prepared piano. Nor have I played much with the inside of a piano (unless you count this). So what am I going to do?


So basically, I get to fill pianos full of things. Specific things. So I went shopping for miscellaneous small things at Amazon today, and here’s what I ended up with, which will undoubtedly screw up my recommendations for the next year:

25 Green Dice – 19mm

4 dozen Glow In The Dark Bouncing Balls

200 Cats Eyes Glass Marble / Sling Shot Ammo

12 dozen Ping Pong Balls / Table Tennis Balls

4 pairs of Finger Cymbals

In addition to all of that fun stuff from Amazon, I’m planning to also use:

The aforementioned cell phone trick (from the video)



A Slinky

What sorts of sounds will these make? No real idea. I’ll be trying them out on Tripi’s piano and recording the result.