20 Best Avant Albums of 2017

The year's best in ambient, noise, out-jazz, experimental electronic and more

Kelly Moran, 'Bloodroot'
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20. Kelly Moran, 'Bloodroot'

New York pianist Kelly Moran turns the fuzzy, buzzy world of prepared piano into something more prismatic. Though the process of treating and muting strings is often heard in more harshly percussive works – think John Cage's jangly 1948 Sonatas and Interludes or the classical-dance hybrids of Hauschka – Moran combines an ear for resonance and an embrace of electroacoustics to explore a brighter, more ringing sound that brings to mind gamelans, harps, kalimbas, dulcimers and Harry Partch's resonant clangers.