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Disklavier at Core of Ball State Songwriting Program

Robert WilleyMuncie, Indiana - Fall 2013 - When composer Robert Willey wants to help his Ball State University students capture their creative juices and hone their songwriting efficiency, he immediately fires up the Disklavier piano in his classroom. Willey uses the Disklavier for every step of the songwriting process, starting with basic conceptualizing exercises. 

“I record what we come up in class with during group composition brainstorming, and then email the students the MIDI files. For example, we might come up with a bass line or riff that students can incorporate in a song.”
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Competing Engineers Set Sights on Disklavier

RENCON Mitsuyo Presents 200x133Stockholm, Sweden - July 30, 2013 - Computer engineers are constantly striving to get closer and closer to realistic human gestures, whether in movement, speech, or even “thinking.” (remember Deep Blue, anyone?) Those of us who spend a great deal of time combining music and technology know that musical expression is one of those elusive human behaviors that has long evaded the world of non-human production. Seeking to conquer this “holy grail” of modeling, Rencon [Musical Performance RENdering CONtest] began in 2002, as part of a conference workshop in Kyoto. Rencon has since become an international competition, encouraging advancement in this highly sophisticated realm.
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Disklavier Brings Remote Learning and Entertainment to a Global Audience

Paul George and Shana 200x133The widely held concept of both the traditional piano lesson and the live concert—where teacher and student, or performer and audience share the same space, geographically bound—is forever being redefined, thanks to remarkable new technology from Yamaha. Yamaha, the world’s largest musical instrument manufacturer, is on the fast track to develop innovative new distance learning and remote performance applications for its Disklavier piano, first introduced 25 years ago.
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Dr. Ajero and Son, Nio Ajero, Perform Long Distance to an Audience in Germany


Mario Ajero, Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the Stephen F. Austin State University, has been a pioneer in the field of long distance performance and instruction using the Disklavier piano. On this occasion, he has enabled a performance by his son, Nio. At 4:30 in the video, you can clearly see that the keys of the Disklavier piano in Germany are being played by young Nio from Texas. At 8:45, the Remnant Piano Duo perform from Germany to Texas.

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