You know those deep feelings of resentment you have towards your parents for the countless hours they made you practice the piano? Arpeggio, a piano-playing robot that could easily perform at Carnegie Hall, is the over-achieving childhood musician your parents secretly always wanted.
Technically speaking, pianos tuned to coventional 12-tone equal temperament aren’t actually in perfect tune. A new video from MinutePhysics explains the math behind this musical oddity, and why in the case of pianos, close enough is good enough.
Not since Donald Duck faced off against Daffy Duck in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? has there been such an epic piano battle as Japanese pianist Yoshiki squaring off against a holographic version of himself.
Imagine you're waiting around in a train station, munching on some Cinnabon, when all of a sudden the ornamental baby grand piano just starts playing music all by itself. Magic? Not quite, but definitely pure whimsy. See for yourself.
Taking those electronic music playing greeting cards to a whole new level, Antonella Nonnis created a playable paper piano that she eventually hopes to turn into one of the awesomest pop-up books you've ever seen.
If your kid starts showing some musical promise while banging away on a toy piano, it might be time to upgrade them to something better suited to sharpen their skills. But before you go all out on a baby grand, consider this electronic 'baby' baby grand that actually teaches them to play.
And to think your parents claimed you were wasting your life playing thousands of hours of video games as a kid. Little did they know you were actually building up important musical skills that could one day see you performing at Carnegie Hall—at least if they let you play this fantastic Pianocade keyboard/video…
You may remember French puppeteering group Royal De Luxe's mechanical elephant, but here's an even more deliciously absurd contrivance. This is the piano catapult, a musical siege weapon that was recently shown off in the city of Nantes. It's not particularly effective, but at least we'll know what to expect if Billy…
I'm no musician. Heck, I have a barely functional sense of rhythm and am the only person I know to have actually failed out of a high school band. But one question has always bugged me, maybe you can help:
There's a war against musical instruments brewing in America. Not because of Rock-n-Roll's shadow affiliation with Satan, or the generations of delinquents they've bred. Rather, environmental agencies are not happy about the types of illegal materials they're made from.
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.
Researchers at Drexel University have developed a 40-centimeter-tall robot that can play any musical score at the drop of a hat. While this robot is versatile, his technique could use a smidge less rage. Check out Skynet's piano recital.
In this 1946 Soviet animation sequence, a miniature robot sailor prances on a piano with a human piano player. Everything's cute and wholesome...until the lil' mechanical Gene Kelly's skin begins to fall off. Then the weirdness begins.
What looks kinda creepy actually sounds quite cool. The Concert Hands system teaches you piano (or keyboard) using a 10-finger feedback system that gently pulses when you should play, coupled with an automated wrist pilot that guides you across octaves.
Interesting but ultimately unhelpful clue: It was created by a man who went by the name Brother Henry O. Studley.
Or maybe it's just that cars and pianos are inherently similar: They both have pedals, hood-ish mechanisms, make noise, and sit users at some manner of control panel. If that didn't blow your mind, then, well, you probably understand art.
High end digital pianos sound great, and have come a long way over the years, but ask any professional musician and they'll tell you they just don't feel the same as a traditional baby grand.