Rhinegold Publishing: How to watch piano recitals online

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

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.”

The Creators Project: Hundreds of Facebook Images Get Transformed into Piano Music

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.

Why Not? 15-Second Piano Lessons, Taught Via Instagram

Very interesting: an Elon student is teaching piano on Instagram – 15 seconds at a time. “Individual lesson may be short, but in a few short weeks, active followers can quickly build up a knowledge base. Instagram followers aren’t the only ones that have taken notice of his unique teaching style. [Addison] Horner recently presented at the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium.”