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Sunday, May 08, 2005

OK Computer Week: Radiohead For The Pianoforte

You'd think that the sheer intricate detail of a typical Radiohead song would be impossible to recreate on a solo piano. Many have tried to recreate the effect, with different approaches and different levels of success.

Classical pianist Christopher O'Riley is well-known for his Radiohead covers. Of course, there's no vocal, so the piano is required to carry the tune, making each song accompaniment sometimes seem a little limited.

Then there is my good friend, Mary Bichner. Although it's no longer updated, her website, Radiohead For The Pianoforte contains two OK Computer themed transcriptions, both done by hand, one being the robotic, heavily criticised, track 'Fitter Happier'. Interesting anecdotes and observations from both Thom Yorke and Mary can be found, along with the score and a midi file, here.

Aside from this oddity, there is also an arrangement of the live 'Karma Police' duet with Thom on a Baby Grand and Jonny on a Rhodes Organ. Here you can also find various soundblips of what were once works in progress of other tracks on the album. I can only say it would have been great to see these as full scores.


At 3:48 AM, Blogger shine of the ever said...

have you heard the string quartet tributes to radiohead? there's three albums out of vitamin records, i have two and i think they're pretty good. "strung out on ok computer" is my favorite but on "enigmatic" there are some great tracks like "palo alto" and "my iron lung." if you haven't heard it i'd suggest giving it a listen.

At 4:12 PM, Blogger Hannah said...

I've heard of them, but haven't actually heard them. I'm definitely curious though, as I'm quite partial to a bit of strings.


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