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Melding with the Machine: Dan Tepfer's Creative Relationship with the Disklavier

Dan Tepfer at the Disklavier     photo © Debra Scherrer '16Yamaha artist Dan Tepfer has long embraced the Disklavier as a performance tool. Using the Disklavier's ability to send and receive data in real time, Tepfer combines algorithmic computer programming and MIDI-driven visualizations to produce unique performances in which the piano becomes an equal partner to the composer.
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WIRELESS Video Sync Recording now on Disklavier with My Music Recorder App

Yamaha's My Music Recorder iOS app has been around for several years, providing a cute and handy way for students, teachers, and parents to keep a video record of practicing, as well as share achievements on YouTube. Now, a hidden feature will also allow Disklavier (E3 and Enspire only) users to create and play back VIDEO SYNC performances without the cumbersome tether of audio cables! Here's how it works:1. Connect a MD-BT01 or UD-BT01 Bluetooth MIDI adapter to the MIDI jacks of your Disklavier. (For E3, don't forget to select the MIDI input/output you are using: MIDI or USB)2. Launch the My Music Recorder App3. Click the gear wheel icon to connect Bluetooth (you'll get a reminder if you do not already have Bluetooth enabled on your device)Here's a tweet from our friends at Yamaha Canada to show how it works!

The My Music Recorder app + Yamaha Disklavier offer an innovative way to record & share your performances! #NAMMShow #YamahaMusic ^ag pic.twitter.com/d6U01QKD6I

— Yamaha Canada Music (@YamahaCanMusic) January 22, 2017

Dr. Ajero Demonstrates the Disklavier with Yamaha Visual Performer for iPad


Mario Ajero, Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the Stephen F. Austin State University, is well known for his popular Piano Podcast. In this video, he takes advantage of the MIDI output of the Disklavier to drive an interactive visual display on his iPad. The iPad app, called Yamaha Visual Performer, responds to each note that he plays.

Improv Guru George Lewis Performs Disklavier Work at Kennedy Center Event

Composer, performer, and music theorist George E. Lewis recently joined Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran in a special performance celebrating the 35th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows program. Lewis and Moran are both past MacArthur Fellows, named in 2002 and 2010, respectively. In discussing the work, Lewis detailed the setup of the one-of-a-kind performance, enthusiastically drawing on his 25-year history with the Disklavier, calling it a "reliable instrument, great instrument, great sound." Later in the discussion, Lewis makes analogies between musical artificial intelligence and computer-controlled anti-lock brake systems or even the Mars Rover, driving the point that there are many parallels between musical interaction and the operations of the everyday world. The work, essentially an improvised chamber piece for piano, trombone, and computer-controlled Disklavier, incorporates electronic elements, namely a degree of artificial intelligence, without any electronic sounds. The computer programming "listens" for musical elements via audio of the live players, then interprets them and interacts via the Disklavier. In addition to creating the Voyager interactive music performance software used in this performance, George Lewis is the author of The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, a two-volume work that examines the process of improvisation both in and out of the arts. 

Legendary Pianist Teaches Remote Lesson Masterclass to Moscow

In a pinnacle event for Yamaha's Disklavier-based Remote Lesson technology, Maestro Byron Janis has conducted a long distance masterclass from Yamaha Artist Services in New York City, with students of the Moscow Conservatory. The event took place Sep. 28, 2016.
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