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In Search of Robert Palmer

It was after midnight, the recording session was in two days, and the AirBnB I had booked wasn’t nearly as close to downtown as it had promised. The last time I came to Ithaca, New York, to look through Robert Palmer’s archive—months ago, just before my first Palmer recording session—I stayed in a nondescript house just next to the Cornell campus, its walls breathing generations of college students. I had easily grabbed my key out of an unlocked mailbox in the entryway. This place, however, ...
Tags: Analysis, Articles, NewMusicBox, Piano, Recording, Rediscovery, Research

This app has been dubbed ‘the easiest way to learn piano’

Skoove are getting people learning the piano around the world with their simple app. Skoove are a Berlin based company that are teaching people how to play the piano all across the globe. Their intuitive and easy to use app has seen it dubbed “the easiest way to learn the piano”. The company have just raised €3m (roughly $3.4 million) from new investors Caparuca, MGO Digital Ventures, and Ringier Digital Ventures. Existing investors also helped to fund a boost to the company; Egora Hold...
Tags: Europe, Music, Learning, Berlin, Funding, Learn, App, Software, Teaching, North America, Piano, Application, Lessons, Teach, Skoove, Caparuca MGO Digital Ventures

Mayor Pete Buttigieg tears it up on piano and guitar, and the crowd goes wild

There's rocking the vote, and then there's rocking the vote.
Tags: Music, Politics, Lifestyle, Piano, Guitar, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Spoon, Pete Buttigieg, Presidential election 2020, Mayor Pete

IMI: Oboist Titus Underwood Assumes Principal at Nashville Symphony Rehearsing Madeline Dring's "Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano" with Wendy Hymes and Peter Henderson Oboist Titus Underwood and pianist Peter Henderson performing Fred Onovwerosuoke's "Six Sketches for Oboes and Piano No. 5" Titus Underwood AwardedPrincipal Oboe for Nashville Symphony Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashv...
Tags: Religion, Piano, Nashville Symphony, Underwood, Peter Henderson, IMI, William J Zick, Giancarlo Guerrero, Fred Onovwerosuoke, Wendy Hymes, Titus Underwood

Elton John explains Tiny Dancer as he plays it for a TV crew in 1971

Elton John, then around 23, takes a TV crew through the structure of "Tiny Dancer," a song with lyrics written by John's longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin about his girlfriend (later wife) Maxine Feibelman who at the time was the Elton John Band's seamstress. (via Laughing Squid)
Tags: Video, Music, News, Elton John, Musicians, John, Piano, Bernie Taupin, Blue Jean Baby, Maxine Feibelman, Elton John Band

Album Review – Nightflower

Elliot Cole – Nightflower On January 25, 2019, Long Echo Records released composer Elliot Cole’s debut solo album, Nightflower. This album occupies the vague space between the generated and constructed, and lives up to its own claim in “defying the notion of computer music as inherently sterile or mechanical.” At the root of all these works, written entirely for human performers, are materials that were generated by a computer program of Cole’s design. The album opens with the kinetic, lyric...
Tags: Religion, Cds, Piano, Dodson, Percussion, Jordan Dodson, Contemporary Classical, Chamber Music, CD Review, Elliot Cole, Andrea Lodge, Cabezas Chernyshev, Hanick, Gabriel Cabezas, Stanislav Chernyshev, Jacob Harpster

Two free plug-ins and a music label take you into ambient worlds

What’s to say a music idea can’t be both a tool and a tape, an instrument someone could play or an album they can get lost in? Puremagnetik are launching their new experimental label with two free tools that let you keep the drones and grains and ambient soundscapes flowing. There’s a bunch of hype this week because Warner Music signed an algorithm. And in turn with everyone abusing the term “AI,” you might well think that a computer has automated a composer’s job. Except that’s not what happe...
Tags: Music, Free, Mac, Berlin, Windows, Experimental, Tech, Freebies, Software, Indie, Warner Music, Analog, Piano, Ambient, Au, Underground

Native Instruments Launches NOIRE

Nils Frahm’s custom concert grand piano gets transformed into an inspiring software instrument Nils Frahm—known for blending traditional and electronic instruments to reach ethereal dimensions—will tell you that no two pianos, even of the same model, sound the same. “Even the best manufacturers struggle to make instruments of the same quality,” he says. “It is a very, very complex physical system and you need a …
Tags: Music, Design, Tech, Software, Electronic Music, Piano, Instruments, Native Instruments, Kontakt, Nils Frahm, Native Instruments Launches NOIRE

Listen Up

Farewell to Keith Flint, a lost track from Röyksopp, a moving song by Amanda Palmer and more music this week Amanda Palmer: Voicemail For Jill Through her latest track and music video, the unflinching Amanda Palmer directly addresses the fact that abortion is oft-hidden and not easily discussed. She does so with a beautiful piano-driven piece and lyrics that begin with specificity and develop—through impassioned …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Rock, Pop, Indie, Amanda Palmer, Piano, Ambient, Listenup, Electronic, The Prodigy, Robyn, Rave, Keith Flint, Psychedelic

Piano Drop at Seattle’s Jack Straw

Destruction and reclamation, gimmick and avant-garde One of the odder fads bequeathed to us by the 1960s is the ritual destruction of musical instruments. It’s a custom most famously associated with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend. But what bursts out in popular culture often has precedents in the avant-garde, and the origins of this particular brand of onstage iconoclasm can be traced to the Fluxus movement, specifically its founder George Maciunas. In a nod to classical traditio...
Tags: New York, Religion, Jimi Hendrix, West Coast, Piano, Seattle, Experimental music, Jack Straw, Edward, Concert Review, Pacific Northwest, Northwest, Pete Townshend, Ortiz, Dave Knott, Knott

Nintendo Labo Kits – Nintendo Switch $39.99 Shipped {Reg $99.99}

Nintendo Labo Kits – Nintendo Switch $39.99 Shipped {Reg $99.99}. Best Buy has Nintendo Labo Variety Kit – Nintendo Switch for $39.99 {Reg $99.99} with free shipping. Make two Toy-Con RC Cars, a Fishing Rod, a Motorbike, a House, and a Piano using engineered, pre-cut cardboard sheets and fun, interactive instructions. Then, Play!Brought to you by: Frugal Focus
Tags: House, Nintendo, Piano, Frugality, Nintendo Labo Kits, Nintendo Labo Kits Nintendo, Nintendo Labo Variety Kit Nintendo

Beyond the 88: Playing Around Inside the Toy Piano

In last week’s installment of “Beyond the 88” I talked about several on-the-strings techniques, after first showing how to construct a weighted, cloth-covered mute. Here in my last beginner’s guide, I’d like to move from the piano to its playful, diminutive cousin: the toy piano. The Toy Piano: Some Preparations and Nontraditional Techniques Yes, I realize that the toy piano is a different beast from a modern grand piano. However, in discussions with the editorial staff for my book The Contempor...
Tags: Religion, Articles, Ikea, Piano, Columns, NewMusicBox, Extended Techniques, Piano Preparation, Toy Piano, Schoenhut

Watch these elephants’ incredible response to classical piano

Elephants World in Thailand is dedicated to conserving and protecting domestic elephants whilst educating visitors. Due to the rapid decrease in elephant population the people of Elephants World hope to give them the care and protection they need without keeping them trapped in claustrophobic captivity. Paul Barton has made a series of videos where he plays classical pieces on a grand piano for the elephants. Their response is incredible as you can see the emotional response elicited by the s...
Tags: Video, Music, Interesting, Elephant, Elephants, Fun, Thailand, Classical Music, Piano, Classical, Bach, Paul Barton, Grand Piano, Elephants World

Beyond the 88: A No-Fear Guide to On-the-String Piano Techniques

The beginner’s toolbox of preparations I’ve talked about in the previous two (1, 2) articles might be, in some ways, less scary to many pianists and composers than playing inside the piano because, once the foreign objects (paper, aluminum foil, glass rods, plastic straws, etc.) have been placed on or in between the strings, the pianist plays the instrument pretty much as usual. This is part of the disconnect—or the magical nature—of Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes. The scores for Cage’s little pi...
Tags: Religion, Articles, Piano, Columns, Cage, Harmonics, Harp, Jonas Olsson, Cowell, Henry Cowell, Experimentation, Annea Lockwood, Johan Svensson, NewMusicBox, George Crumb, Extended Techniques

Beyond the 88: More no-fear piano preparations

In the last post I talked about some easy surface preparations for piano, but I didn’t mention that there’s a long history of these. Some early piano makers experimented with creating “stops” for their instrument that would change the timbre of the piano. Many of these were essentially mechanisms for surface preparations. The bassoon stop, for instance, lowered a parchment roll (or a parchment roll covered in silk) onto the strings, producing a gentle buzzy sound against the strings when notes w...
Tags: Religion, Articles, Piano, Columns, John Cage, Jolley, Experimentation, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Stephen Hartke, Hartke, NewMusicBox, Extended Techniques, Jennifer Jolley, Richard Bunger, Piano Preparation, Toy Piano

Fred Hersch Trio Live at the Village Vanguard (concert review)

Fred Hersch Trio.Photo: John Rogers. Fred Hersch Trio Village Vanguard January 5, 2019 Sequenza 21 By Christian Carey   NEW YORK – Beginning the new year with a six-night long residency at the Village Vanguard, pianist Fred Hersch had a lot to celebrate. His current trio, in which he is joined by bassist John Hebert and drummer Kevin McPherson, has been together for a decade. They have received a Grammy nomination for their 2018 Palmetto Records CD Live in Europe. In December, Pa...
Tags: Europe, New York, Religion, Billy Joel, Jazz, Piano, Concert Review, Havana, Lee, McPherson, Miguel Zenón, Chopin, Loewe, Lerner, Zenon, Village Vanguard

Beyond the 88: A No-Fear Beginner’s Guide to Preparing the Piano

In my university music department, I run a weekly composition colloquium, bringing in guest composers and new music performers, as well as faculty speakers, with the latter often coming to talk about things like idiomatic writing and extended techniques for a particular instrument, or setting up a composer website, or digital publishing. A couple of years ago, some of my composition students asked me if I could spend one of those meetings on extended techniques for piano. I dug through my scores...
Tags: Google, Religion, Articles, Tesla, Piano, Columns, Baldwin, Cowell, Curtis Smith, Crumb, Ashley Fure, Experimentation, Annea Lockwood, NewMusicBox, George Crumb, Extended Techniques

Piano fetches $22 mln in Updata Partners-led round

Piano, a content monetization and audience intelligence technology company, has raised $22 million in Series B funding. Updata Partners led the round. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK – January 10, 2019 — Piano, the leading content monetization and audience intelligence technology company, today announces it raised a $22M Series B funding round, led by Updata Partners. This comes as a result of Piano’s recent successes and corresponding growth, equipping it to build on star products and expand into new ma...
Tags: New York, London, Trends, Amsterdam, Rio De Janeiro, Trevor, Piano, Les Echos, VC Deals, Updata Partners, Trevor Kaufman, Jon Seeber, Hearst Source Media, Economist Bloomberg Men 's Health, Global Media Group The Independent Le Parisien, Piano Europe

Renzo Piano Design Will Replace Collapsed Bridge in Genoa

The design by the Genoan-born architect features 43 lamps to honor the 43 victims of the Morandi Bridge collapse last summer.
Tags: News, Architecture, Piano, Genoa, Renzo, Infrastructure (Public Works, Accidents and Safety, Bridges and Tunnels, Genoa (Italy, Morandi Bridge

Simone Dinnerstein in Recital at Miller Theatre

Photo: Lisa Marie Mazzucco.   Simone Dinnerstein in Recital Miller Theatre – Columbia University December 8, 2018 Published on By Christian Carey   NEW YORK – On Saturday, December 8th, pianist Simone Dinnerstein made a return appearance to Miller Theatre to perform an intriguing and eclectic solo recital. The stage was set with subdued lighting, with electric “candles” placed throughout and, over the course of the evening, small shifts of color. Ms. Dinnerstein, dre...
Tags: New York, Religion, Piano, Concert Review, Philip Glass, Schumann, Miller Theatre, Goldberg, Erik Satie, Robert Schumann, Dinnerstein, Simone Dinnerstein, Kreisleriana, Recital, Minimalism, Composers

Brendan Kavanagh (Dr K.) Teaching Boogie Woogie Piano at London Train Stations (Video)

Brendan Kavanagh (Dr K.) has been making some amazing headway of late on YouTube with teaching the London general public about Boogie Woogie piano. The Dr K. YouTube channel is now over 330,000 subscribers strong and it looks like it will be going higher even faster in 2019. Take some time and have a listen to Dr K. Make sure you also keep an eye out in a London Tube Station near you! The post Brendan Kavanagh (Dr K.) Teaching Boogie Woogie Piano at London Train Stations (Video) appeared fir...
Tags: Music, London, Youtube, Piano, Artist / Label News, London Tube station, London Train Station, Brendan Kavanagh, Dr K, Brendan Kavanagh Dr K, Dr K YouTube

Today's Read: The Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander

What if you found yourself in possession of something you couldn't keep but that was your last link to your parents? This is what happens to 26-year-old Clara, when she realizes she must sell her piano, which is the only thing she owns that belonged to her late-parents. What ensues after she places her Craigslist ad, was totally unexpected. Here's how the book starts: Hidden in the dense forests high in the Romanian mountains, where the winters were especially cold and long, were spruce ...
Tags: Books, Craigslist, California, Germany, Russia, America, Piano, Clara, Katya, Soviet Union, Greg, Schumann, Knopf, Amanda Coplin, Beth F, Chris Cander

This incredible LEGO grand piano has moving parts

Prepare to be impressed: While it doesn't actually play music, this 2,798-piece miniature LEGO model of a concert grand piano does have 25 independently working keys, a removable keyboard, and a height-adjustable bench. It also has a working damper and pedal, a self-playing mode, a working piano lid, and more. LEGO master SleepyCow engineered it to contribute to LEGO Ideas in the hopes that it will be voted in to be mass produced as a retail kit. He writes: Ever since I started learning musi...
Tags: Post, Video, News, Lego, Piano, What will they think of next

Piano teams up with True[x] to combine advertising and paywalls

Nearly every online publisher has launched or announced a paywall — but of course, even the ones who are successful won’t convince every reader, or even the majority of readers, to sign up. Now Piano and True[x] say they’ve found more effective way to monetize the rest of the audience, without threatening crucial subscription revenue. Piano is a company that’s built a range of publisher tools, including paywall and subscription management. True[X], meanwhile, is an adtech company that was acquir...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Media, Advertising Tech, Piano, 21st Century Fox, Truex, Rideout, Jonas Rideout, Chris Shively True, CPM Shively

The Really Useful Chord Progression Poster is really useful

After many people found the Really Useful Piano Poster really useful the company is back on Kickstarter with a poster that songwriters will find… really useful. Earlier in the year we shared a Kickstarter campaign for the Really Useful Piano Poster, a massive A1 poster featuring all the vital information on piano chords, 48 scales and a digestible dive into music theory. The campaign was a huge success and the poster now hangs on many a wall and is now available outside of a fundraiser. Now ...
Tags: Music, Learn, Fun, Theory, Kickstarter, Posters, Piano, Poster, Scales, Songwriters, Songwriting, Chords, Minor, Major, Music Theory, Really Useful

Play it again Sam! / La copie du pianiste?

THE ORIGINAL? Pioneer Car Audio Systems –  2007 “Let the road play” Agency : Mc Cann Erickson, Madrid   (Spain) LESS ORIGINAL Viva Street Festival –   2018 “Street music is art ” Agency : Core4, Bratislava (Slovakia) [Author: Joe La Pompe]
Tags: Video, Audio, Miscellaneous, Advertising, Keyboard, Crossing, Piano, Keys, Crossroad, Bratislava Slovakia, Touches, Zebra, Zebras, Print & Outdoor, Joe La Pompe, Mixed sources

An upbeat piano cover of Michael Jackson's 'Beat It'

Hungarian pianist Peter Bence covers popular songs by performers like Sia, Queen (check out his "Don't Stop Me Now"), and The Beatles. His latest cover is "Beat It" by Michael Jackson and it might well be the most chipper version of it I've ever heard. Absolutely delightful! (The Awesomer)
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Piano, Michael Jackson, Cover Songs, Beat It, Peter Bence, Cover Song, Sia Queen

This Korg keyboard plays with you to help you learn

Learning to play an instrument is a long process and it’s a lot easier when you have someone to play along with. What could be better than accompaniment from the keyboard itself? Korg have unveiled their EK-50, an entertainment keyboard made for any level of player. It sets itself apart by “growing with you” with an entire backing band that accompanies whatever you play with increasingly advanced functions as your skill grows. The EK-50 uses a function which they call ‘Styles’ to follow and ...
Tags: Music, Band, Equipment, Learn, Keyboard, Piano, Keys, Korg, Instrument, Learn To Play, Play Along

James Romig – Still (CD Review)

James Romig Still Ashlee Mack, piano New World Records 80802   Composer James Romig has spent the past twenty years cultivating a body of work that embodies both rigorous structuring and a wide-ranging gestural palette. As is explained in Bruce Quaglia’s excellent liner notes for Romig’s first New World CD, Still, there is good reason for these two aspects to be so important to Romig. His training as a composer was with American modernists Charles Wuorinen and Milton Babbit...
Tags: Religion, Steve Reich, Piano, Mack, Feldman, Contemporary Classical, Milton Babbitt, Charles Wuorinen, CD Review, New World Records, Philip Guston, File Under, Romig, Christian Carey, Cbcarey, Sequenza21

Life is…

More life. [Author: Doug]
Tags: Comics, Life, Cartoons, Piano, Expectations, Uncertainty, Doug, Luck, Prediction, 3x5