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Re: Talking piano
Peter Ablinger is a well known Austrian composer who is working on the
spectral aspects of music since a long time. I had many chances
listening to this computer-controlled piano live and I can fully
assure you the veracity of the demonstration.
The automatic piano has been developed by Winfried Ritsch, associate
professor at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics in Graz
Austria; the analysis software was mainly written by Thomas Musil.
Both are very active members in the computer music and pure data
Can I suggest, from looking at the machine, that it will be able to
make sounds a human piano-player cannot: it appears to be able to
hit all 88
notes simultaneously if required, each with a different strength
That's completely true and the only limitation in speed so far are the
mechanics of the piano.
(i) this is a great many more notes than a pair of human hands can
play at once (limited to about 12 or altogether), and equally
importantly) it can
play notes over the whole range of the piano simultaneously,
allowing a much richer set of sounds
(ii) The machine can also adjust the precise strength with which it
hits notes individually
As a result, it can make sounds that a human pianist really cannot
I may direct your attention to a musical study for a talking piano,
Peter has realized at the IEM - "Voices and Piano" ! Peter has
spectrally analyzed short speeches from Guillaume Apollinaire to Orson
Wells as basis of short pieces for piano solo and playback. Nicolas
Hodges performed the premiere in Graz. We did some recordings of the
premiere but I'm not sure if they are released yet? Further
information can be found at: http://ablinger.mur.at/voices_and_piano.html
Even a human pianist cannot compete with an automatic piano in terms
of speed and range of notes I was deeply impressed by the acoustic
outcome of Nicholas' play.
"The Audience", the 7th act of his opera is a composition for two
ensembles and two computer-controlled pianos and was premiered at the
Steirischer Herbst festival in 2005. He refers to the term "Klangrede"
for reproducing city noises, speech, and instrumental sounds. Further
informations and sound examples can be found at: http://ablinger.mur.at/docu15engl_act7.html
With best wishes,
On 10 oct. 09, at 13:37, Aki Pasoulas wrote:
From: Peter Meijer <feedback@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, 10 October, 2009 9:11:19
Subject: Re: [AUDITORY] Talking piano
And pianists: don't despair, I can imagine that a further
10-finger piano speech might also work well enough, by analogy to
sinewave speech results... :-)
Or use 2 pianos and 8 hands; many symphonic works of the 19th C.
were transcribed for 8 hands.