Found on Boing Boing: a database of “public” pianos. “…currently tallying 8,287 public pianos in 117 countries around the world. The random page generates cool galleries of people playing public pianos.”
BBC: Renowned Chinese pianist Fou Ts’ong dies of Covid-19. “Fou Ts’ong, the first Chinese pianist to win global acclaim and success, has died aged 86 after contracting Covid-19. Fou died on Monday in London, where he had been living since the 1950s.”
Rhinegold Publishing: Historic piano recordings database goes online. “Michael Spring, owner of historic piano recordings label APR, has launched a free, comprehensive online database of 78 rpm piano recordings, comprising more than 12,000 entries dating from the 1890s until the mid-1950s.”
Rhinegold Publishing: How to watch piano recitals online. “As concerts across the world are cancelled and artists face strict social distancing and self-isolation measures, many are taking to the web to share their music-making with us. From live social media streams to archive concert recordings, here are a few ways to watch fantastic piano performances online.”
Stanford University: Piano roll scanner update. “The Stanford piano roll scanner has progressed from a prototype to a functional, production level machine since the last report in spring of 2017. As reported earlier, the scanner is based on a design by Anthony Robinson, a piano roll expert in England. Swope Design Solutions engineers Robyn Nariyoshi and Brett Swope adapted the Robinson design to scan wider rolls and in color at 300 dpi. Tony Calavano, Stanford Libraries Digitization Lab Manager, identified a gigE, line scanning camera that scans in color to provide the images for the scanner. Ethan Ruffing was the software systems engineer at Active Inspection working with Swope to write the software that allows the camera and scanner hardware to function together.”
Business Insider: A Google intern helped build an AI tool inspired by ‘Guitar Hero’ to let rookies play piano
Business Insider: A Google intern helped build an AI tool inspired by ‘Guitar Hero’ to let rookies play piano. “Self-playing pianos have existed for a while now, but now a team at Google have effectively built a self-improvising piano. A team of three at Google’s Magenta research project were inspired by ‘Guitar Hero’ to build a tool to let non-musicians make music using a simplified set of buttons. The team was made up of two Google AI researchers and one from Deepmind, Google’s British AI firm.”
Interesting: Hundreds of Facebook Images Get Transformed into Piano Music. “In All My Friends, experimental musician and sound artist Daniel Watkins turns image data into sonic data—but these aren’t just basic sounds. Watkins used all of his friends’ Facebook images and turned them into a cassette archive of piano compositions. To do this, Watkins transferred the raw JPEG data from his friends’ profile pictures into a sound editing program and output the results as a WAV file. He then transferred the WAV file to MIDI, assigning piano and the interpretation method.” The article links to two compositions to which you can listen.