durere études

I was invited to to produce an interactive sound installation at Humber Galleries in Toronto, Canada (September 4 – October 26, 2018).

I wrote 6 études for ‘durere’ (the word for ‘pain’ in Romanian) around an interactive granular synthesizer and 3D-printed models of the weights I use for my chronic illness. Études are typically short in nature and meant to improve a player’s technique and skill, although playing the piano for long periods of time is very challenging for me.

As part of the exhibit, I also performed an improvised audio piece that collaged the granulated études with their altered gallery counterparts, in extension of the motion-sensor activated instrument I previously created, and in an attempt towards lending interactivity to disability.


é· tude



  1. a short musical composition, typically for one instrument, designed as an exercise to improve the technique or demonstrate the skill of the player.


du· re· re


(translated from Romanian, "pain" in English)



    physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury.

    "she's in great pain"

    synonyms:suffering, agony, torture, torment, discomfort More

  2. careful effort; great care or trouble.

    "she took pains to see that everyone ate well"

    synonyms:care, effort, bother, trouble
    "he took great pains to hide his feelings"



    cause mental or physical pain to.

    "it pains me to say this"

    synonyms:hurt, cause pain, be painful, be sore, be tender, ache, throb, sting, twinge, cause discomfort.