David Berezan

Thumbs has been performed in Calgary, Leicester, Lisbon, Montréal, New York City, Stafford and Toronto…

Thumbs uses a single plucked sound from a Balinese thumb piano as its primary sound source, subjected to transformations of pitch and grain, and explored in multichannel space. I aimed to reduce the variety of sound-types and materials used in the work as much as possible, while still creating an engaging and evolving soundworld. A number of spoken expressions that include ‘thumb’ came to mind during the composition of the piece (rule-of-thumb, all-thumbs, thumbing through, thumbs-up / down, under thumb). These acted, at some level, as informers upon the work.


Thumbs was realized at the electroacoustic music studios of CMMAS in Morelia (Mexico), University of Calgary (Canada) and Université de Montréal (Québec), and premiered August 12, 2011 during the concert Places for our ears to go… during the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art at Wychwood Theatre in Toronto (Canada).


  • August 12, 2011, David Berezan, diffusion • Sound Travels 2011: Places for Our Ears to Go…, Wychwood Theatre — Artscape Wychwood Barns, Toronto (Ontario, Canada)


8-channel fixed medium



Date Work Program
December 8, 2013 David Berezan, Thumbs (2011) Daniel Blumin: Rustypantz: The Radio Nurse Returns! / WFMU 91.1 FM (USA)
March 24, 2014 David Berezan, Thumbs (2011) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
March 26, 2014 David Berezan, Thumbs (2011) Kicks / Radio Centraal (Belgium)
April 11, 2014 David Berezan, Thumbs (2011) Sound Quality / ABC Radio National (Australia)
May 13, 2014 David Berezan, Thumbs (2011) Beyond The Beyond / CHRW 94.7 FM (Canada)
January 21, 2016 David Berezan, Thumbs (2011) Martian Gardens / TaintRadio (USA)
November 11, 2016 David Berezan, Thumbs (2011) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)

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