The Piano Mill Project by music group Clocked Out and architects Bruce and Jocelyn Wolfe has received the APRA Award for Excellence in Experimental Music. The project featured classical artist and composer Erik Griswold‘s All’s Grist That Comes to the Mill.

The Piano Mill, nestled near Stanthorpe, is a unique project that combines architecture with musical instruments to celebrate the musical history of outback Australia. The building houses 16 old pianos that have been sourced across Queensland, with eight on each level. Special louvres that can be opened and closed to change the building’s acoustics.

Clocked Out and Bruce and Jocelyn Wolfe launched a celebration of Australian art, music and architecture over Easter 2016. Sixteen pianists, a movement artist and percussionists were invited to bring Erik Griswold’s composition alive inside The Piano Mill.

Conrad Gargett‘s Managing Director Bruce Wolfe accepted the award with his wife Jocelyn, who conducted research for the project.

“Outrageous! First building to win a National APRA award!” He said.

A talented group of composers, performers and educators were announced as winners at the 2017 Art Music Awards at the City Recital Hall in Sydney on 22 August. Collectively, they represent the most outstanding contributions of 2016 across the genres of contemporary art music, contemporary jazz and experimental music.

The Art Music Awards, now in its seventh year, is the only national event in Australia to recognise and celebrate the achievements and creativity of those who excel in these genres. The awards bring together a range of dynamic artists, from fresh faces in the industry to established creators pushing the boundaries.

Read more about the Piano Mill here.