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jason on 10/13/2014 at 05:03AM

Player Piano: The First Digital Music Revolution

Using light to read player piano rolls at MakerFaire Detroit, CC BY Marty McGuire

I made a 2-part Radio Free Culture about the player piano's legacy on music, copyright and digital culture

Part 1 feat David Suisman, Lisa Gitelman and Michael Simon - The transition from sheet music to piano rolls transformed our understanding of copyright. 

Part 2 feat Nick Seaver, Aaron David Ross, Michael Connor and Nick Yulman - The player piano's influence on digital music, including MIDI, Disklavier Super MIDI, Black MIDI, MIDI-powered automata and mechanical pop.

 

Some classic player piano performances have been recorded and compiled by Kazoomzoom for the Frog Legs compilation. Below, enjoy one from Scott Joplin, a Ragtime legend who you can read more about in this feature story by Joe McG.

 

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