What would a destroyed piano sound like?

The idea of purposefully smashing up a piano to see what it sounds like probably seems quite absurd to most people, especially if you’re lucky enough to own an expensive instrument.

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A piano taken apart before being removed from an apartment. Image credit: Tomwsulcer/Wikimedia Commons

But to some, the sounds produced by the destruction of the instrument offer new creative possibilities for music-making.

That’s the thinking behind Cinematique Instruments’ deconstructed piano, which allows you to play sounds produced by striking the soundboard with different objects. They first of all dismantled a piano down to its soundboard. Then, they used mallets, straws, screws and even a sledgehammer to create new sounds.

They boast on their website that the variations of the piano have been “exhausted to the limit.”

The deconstructed piano allows you to select the various sounds and combine them.

Take a look at the video below for a walk through of what the instrument can do.

More information is available at their website.