A piano comes full circle for this keyboard player of Lady Gaga

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Products on Wednesday 26 November 2014

Just as far out as Lady Gaga, whom he plays for as keyboard player at her concerts, musician Brockett Parsons has collaborated with a team of designers to develop The Piano Arc, a piano that comes full circle with 294 keys, three 88-note keyboards joined together and a 28-note control section for a seamless high. […]

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Check out these otters jamming out on a keyboard at the Smithsonian National Zoo

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Video on Thursday 29 May 2014

If you can play a song or two on the keyboard you’re probably in better musical shape than the rest of us. But it’s a totally different thing if you’re an Asian small-clawed otter from the Smithsonian Zoo in Washington, D.C., and you can play the keyboard. We’ll use the term ‘playing’ very loosely here, but check out these otters go for it!

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Uptempo jazz from Japan’s Fox Capture Plan

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By Daniel Isles in New Music on Tuesday 13 August 2013

Don’t you just love when you accidentally find refreshing new music! I was lucky enough to stumble upon Fox Capture Plan, a trio of creative fellows, while browsing one of the most random stores on the planet. The group consists of Ryo Kishimoto on the piano, Hidehiro Kawai playing bass, and Tsukasa Inoue on the drums. […]

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MaKey MaKey: Hook up random stuff and use it as a keyboard

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 15 May 2013

Wow. MaKey MaKey is an easy-to-use kit that lets you hook up anything (well, anything that can conduct a bit of electricity) to your computer using alligator keys and cables, and then hit these random objects as computer keys or mouse buttons. The power is yours to do this will cost you just US$49.99. If […]

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The Seaboard: an electric piano that plays differently according to your touch

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Tech on Friday 19 April 2013

This is the new generation of electric piano keyboards. Most keyboard pianos hardly register any difference in sound due to the players’ touch. But this new instrument by Roli is made to respond to your touch, just like an acoustic instrument. The user can create a huge variety of tones and colors just by moving […]

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Every Day We Are Dying And Outer Space Does Not Give One Single Fuck

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By Dave Imms in New Music on Wednesday 3 April 2013

Every Day We Are Dying And Outer Space Does Not Give One Single Fuck: it is what it is. Another one of those cool things that pop up on the Internet and everyone shares it for a bit. My suggestion, get in the zone, have a relax, maybe it’ll be a nice time for reflection? Have […]

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The Speaking Piano

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Video on Wednesday 6 March 2013

If you’re in the mood to see (or hear, rather) something amazing, this is the video for you. Austrian composer Peter Ablinger’s Speaking Piano project uses an ordinary piano to mimic the tones and inflections of the human voice, allowing listeners to understand the sounds as words. In the video, the piano keys are struck […]

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New music by pianist Robert Glasper

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By Cole DeGenova in New Music on Tuesday 25 September 2012

Whether you call it nu-jazz, hip hop jazz, or any other variation of that, pianist Robert Glasper is at the forefront of it. The Robert Glasper Experiment, or simply The Experiment, is his head bobbing take on modern jazz featuring the great drummer Chris Dave, bassist Derrick Hodge and Casey Benjamin on horns. Throwing in […]

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Radio documentary about composer Conlon Nancarrow

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By Keith Pettinger in Video on Monday 2 April 2012

This is a brilliant radio documentary on the late Conlon Nancarrow. Often composing music too fast or complicated for the human player, he took to punching holes manually into piano rolls. In essence, he was one of the first composers to use musical instruments as mechanical machines to create music that couldn’t be replicated by playing the piano live: a forerunner to all electronic composition. [watch the documentary below]

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Photo series on the piano by Ariel Gricio

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By AG in New Photography on Thursday 10 November 2011

A piano, two eyes, a lens, various angles. Thus, these images can be summed up in this series of work by Brazilian photographer, Ariel Gricio.

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