A piece of kit that lets a pianist play notes while simultaneously typing words on a screen? Australian pianist Zubin Kanga has spent most of his career exploring new ways to interact with technology. In his London lab, he shows Clive Paget how his KeyScanner works and explains how it’s used in his latest work Answer Machine Tape, 1987, created with British composer Philip Venables.

Zubin Kanga
Zubin Kanga. Photo © Raphael Neal

Fragmentary, one-sided conversations left on an American AIDS activist’s answerphone might seem an unusual basis for a concert work, but that’s the inspiration behind Zubin Kanga’s latest project. Answer Machine Tape, 1987, written for piano, tape and projections, is a collaboration with, among others, the innovative British composer Philip Venables. To carry it off, Kanga,...