For the major part of contemporary composers, the main field of interest is electroacoustic music. On the one hand, the capabilities of classical instruments often no longer satisfy composers - they see more creative potential in music programming; on the other hand, this interest is driven by the composers’ desire to have their composed works performed, the realization of which is much easier at the expense of technologies. These trends have clearly created a shortage of new sounds in instrumental music. It is important to maintain instrumental music and to make its existence suitable for the modern environment. To solve this problem, an upright piano “Zarya” was modified according to the principles of modern musical thinking and very topical ecomusicology into the piano called ModEkAl. The modified piano is a new type of piano constructed for the artistic research ‘Has Piano Music Come to an End?’ conducted by composer Eka Chabashvili and pianists Nino Jvania and Tamar Zhvania. The piano was modified according to Chabashvili's scheme which was enriched with the ideas of piano master Alexander Zirakashvili. The paper describes the modified instrument in detail, and introduces a new notation system designed exclusively for the ModEkAl.
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