Sonva is the rough Cornish translation of ‘Sound’. It was used by my lecturers at Falmouth University to describe the intrinsic connection between place and music in regards to the student’s creative output. Creating music in such a small community led to a wide variety of new and exciting ideas- and the Steinway Model D used in this sample pack was my favourite instrument to use within the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts building.
Note: I only have dribs and drabs of information about the piano’s story, so the following might be completely incorrect.
I believe that the Piano originally belonged to Dartington College of Arts (founded 1961). The serial points to it being constructed c.1966, which would mirror when Dartington started to gain prominence in the world of arts education.
In 2008, the College controversially merged with Falmouth University- and in 2010 the AMATA building was finished. According to one of my lecturers, the central studio's design was inspired by one of the studios at Dartington College. This is the same studio that the piano resides in today.
So, contextually, this piano transcends time and space in it’s attempts to recreate the sonic space at Dartington. In the same vein, through digital sampling, I have tried to recreate my personal sonic connection to that space… to Sonva.