Learning to play any instrument isn’t just about correctly following every last note on a sheet of music. Being expressive, and imaginative, is just as important to learn. That’s what led MIT’s Xiao Xiao and Hiroshi Ishii to develop Andante, which adds lively animated figures to a self-playing piano.
Musician Tony Ann recreated popular ringtones—like the iPhone’s Marimba and T-Mobile’s jingle—with a piano. Though hearing other people’s ringtones in real life is totally annoying, listening to their piano arrangements is quite nice (in a “hey, I know this tune but can’t quite figure out why I know it” sort of way).
The modern piano evolved rapidly in the first 150 years after its invention, but it is now so good, acoustically, that it probably won’t change much more in the future.
I always love watching Jason Pelsey play the piano from his perspective. It reminds me of how special music and art can be because even though I too have two arms and ten fingers, I cannot even come close to melting the keys of a piano like he does. It is totally frantic and powerful and it seems like his fingers are…
The Piano Guys made this epic video that traces the 50 year history of music in Batman using a piano and a cello. Oh and of course three different Batmobiles. What's awesome is how much each era they go through musically looks like the Batman movie of its time.
Having Beethoven as the soundtrack obviously adds to the feels but there's something strangely beautiful and yearningly sad about seeing this wood piano burn to ashes by two heat guns. Like it's a memento of a simpler life disappearing via the hands of cold robots.
A baby grand piano has mysteriously appeared under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, right on the Manhattan side of the East River. Everyone in the city is speculating about its origin: Some people think it may be a viral marketing action, others think it may be an art project, but nobody really knows why or how it got…
Well isn't this just adorable? Asian small-clawed otters got their hands on a keyboard at the National Zoo and started pounding away at the keys to make music that actually sounds like a Hitchcock movie soundtrack by Bernard Herrmann.
Learning to play a new instrument is an exciting endeavour until you get caught up in the hours of mind-numbing practice required to get proficient. But if learning the piano is up next on your bucket list, you'll be desperate to get your hands on this clever projection system that makes learning the ivories…
The piano is a pretty old instrument. And sure we have electric variations, which added the option mess with the sound, but the key interface has remained pretty standard. Roli is trying to shake that up with the Seaboard Grand, a new, futuristic-style instrument that puts pitch tweaking at your fingertips.
Heartbreak, that's what happens. The video, made by Anthony Sherin, captures the life of a piano left on the streets of New York City. It starts out nicely, people play a few notes, others join in and then... it gets ransacked and stripped to shreds. The saddest part is when a couple comes with dollies hoping to…
Not everyone can be as smart as all of us geniuses who studied experimental music in college. IGNORANT WRETCHES! If this app annoys them they can either learn what they should know anyway or be forever bummed at the atonal clangs that emanate from your ring tones.
I may've done a few years of piano lessons as a kid, but wouldn't know the first thing about what makes for a good piano. That's why I'm going purely on my first impression with this Whaletone piano, which is making me salivate with desire.
Ignore the overwrought, coming of age type soundtrack and you'll see a rather neat idea: a musical instrument that plays music by "reading" barcodes. The Barcode Piano consists of tiles and a board. Each tile is associated with a number which triggers a certain tune. You can arrange the tiles in preset songs or any…
Little is known about this piano-bed, except it was designed for bedridden players circa 1935, and traced back to Britain. It may not have built-in fans or speakers like the bloggers' bed-table, but lazy pianists, take note! [Flickr via Neatorama]
Attention, toy instrument connoisseurs! Make room in your pretend studio for a new addition: the piano. Yes, Rock Band 3 is bringing the ivories to the video game world.
We loved Nota, a piano learning app, on our iPhones. But we love the iPad version far more. Just look at how much better the iPad app looks when put right next to its iPhone counterpart:
There was a time when a Nokia phone was all I wanted. Those days are gone. This haunting piano composition, based on their hallmark ringtone, written by classicalist Marc-André Hamelin, reminds me of times when Nokia was state-of-the-art.