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University of Oregon Takes Disklavier for a Spin

Pianist Alexandre Dossin and the students at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance have partnered with Classic Pianos to arrange the use of a Disklavier in the 2020 Spring semester. Before school was closed due to the pandemic, Dossin experience long-distance teaching, as he instructed students at Brigham Young University via the Disklavier Remote Lesson feature.Alexandre Dossin Teaches a BYU Student via Remote Lesson on Diskalvier
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Gershwin Plays Cincinnati

Gershwin Plays Cincinnati
(L-R) Peter Phillips, Louis Langrée, and Dr. Stella Sick
(from the Yamaha MusicUSA blog)Thanks to longitme DEN enthusiast (DEN-thusiast?) Stella Sick, The Cincinnati Orchestra, and Australian piano roll enthusiast and digital music engineer Peter Phillips, George Gershwin appeared in a posthoumous performance earlier this year. This is no ghost story. Rather, it’s a tale of technology.Gershwin’s piano part had actually been recorded in 1924 on piano rolls for the then-popular Duo-Art reproducing piano. Phillips converted the performance to MIDI data, using a machine he built himself, for other live performance projects way back in 2013.  It sounds relatively simple, but in fact it was extremely challenging and labor-intensive to reproduce Gershwin’s part accurately and to make it possible for the conductor, Louis Langrée, and the orchestra to follow along with it. Check out the full story on the YamahaUSA Blog! 

Video Sync in Action! Mario Ajero Explains How to Clone a Musician


Mario Ajero, Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the Stephen F. Austin State University, is well known for his popular Piano Podcast. These instructional videos leverage features of the Disklavier and connectivity to interactive, instructional graphics that are displayed on the computer screen. In this video, he provides some insights into the capabilities of his favorite video editor called ScreenFlow.

100 Years Later, Scott Joplin Makes It to the Disklavier!

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In 1916, the year before his untimely death, Scott Joplin recorded 7 piano rolls. These rolls were recorded during a period in which the concept of “hand-played rolls” was still being developed.

Regrettably, several factors undermined Joplin’s recordings. For starters, the recording technology was limited to capturing the start and stop times of notes as well as the up/down positions of the sustain pedal. No dynamics were captured. In the case of the Connorized rolls that he recorded, the temporal resolution of the holes in the paper was rather course, and apparently the roll editors further quantized Joplin's playing.
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The Disklavier as a Service Learning Tool: A Conversation with Dr. Pamela Pike

Dr. Pamela D. Pike is the Aloysia Landry Barineau Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University, where she coordinates the group-piano and piano pedagogy program.Dr. Pamela Pike, Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University, has been using the Disklavier as a distance-learning and pedagogical tool for as long as just about anyone. Last year (2016), she had the idea to incorporate these technologies into her graduate students' service learning requirements, and she monitored the activities with a properly empirical study of the efficacy of the idea. Her findings were recently published in the International Society for Music Education (ISME) Journal, and we spoke to Dr. Pike about the process.
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