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Z 82 graphic score of a work of unknown title, rhythmic score after Sampler Rhythm Composer, created in connection with Tomasz Stańko’s interest in exploiting the new possibilities offered by electronics, testing different sounds and programming machines

As Tadeusz Sudnik recalls: During the 80s, it was very difficult to get hold of electronic instruments, for obvious reasons. I was friendly at that time with Andrzej Nowicki (Karakuł), who imported a Casio Rz 1 rhythm machine, a novelty back then. We presented it to Tomasz, who wanted to see if it could be used for playing. The result was a score that we painstakingly tried to translate into computer language. Unfortunately, the effects weren’t too great, as machines at the time didn’t yet enable you to reproduce a score exactly. Apart from that, the replicated rhythm was too precise, not like the rhythms played by a live drummer. Things look a bit different now, with technology better able to simulate human playing, but nothing can replace a live drummer. Graphic score written by Tomasz Stańko in pencil on construction paper.

Unpublished, owned by Anna Stańko and held at the Tomasz Stańko Foundation in Warsaw.

Tomasz Stańko
Tomasz Stańko, Tadeusz Sudnik, Andrzej Nowicki