This is in response to Bill Wineburgh's information about the ill-fated
Nimbus CD's of Duo-Art rolls.
Readers should be aware that most, if not all, professional musicologists
writing in various publications (BBC Magazine and others ) were fascin-
ated with the concept and the scope of the Nimbus project, but found that
the dynamics of the actual pieces of music were not faithfully reproduced
by the Stonehill robot.
Why reinvent the wheel when there are many excellent restored Duo-Arts
in Great Britain and in the Player Piano Group, which I am told were not
consulted about the credibility of Gerald's robot. The Pianola Institute
could have given valuable assistance in this most worthy project.
Many American magazines dodge publishing negative reviews, and this is
why not much was done with the series in the American press.
I received three CD's in the series for review in Clavier Magazine
(NI8801, NI 8803, and NI 8802), and I found -- just as the European
critics found -- that the resulting integrity of the roll performance
was compromised and not up to the potential of the coding on the Duo-Art
Clavier chose not to run the review, stating that they did not run
Bill, get thee to a properly restored Do-Art grand and listen to the
[ Thanks for writing, Jim. The American press, due to pressure from
[ their advertisers, fails to report "all the news". Nimbus is a major
[ label here -- do they advertise in the same magazines which publish
[ reviews of their products? ;) -- Robbie