Lyle Martin's RX-9 Project: Link Music for "88 Note" Players
Recently Robbie asked:
>[ Chuck, the tape recordings of the RX-9 project which I heard
>[ sounded very much like a Link piano, but they seemed to have more
>[ expression. Did Lyle Martin create a special expression/reproducer
>[ system for this set of rolls? Who is Ray Deyo?
Eight Link roll attributes were encoded on the RX-9 rolls, including
accentuation, soft pedal, and sustaining pedal.
Lyle used a slightly modified Ampico A piano with the three controls
mentioned for his recordings. An accentuation perforation resulted in
a quick increase of the "suction" intensity in the wind chest that
draws on the note striking pneumatics just preceding the sounding of
the related notes.
Ray Deyo was a long-time arranger of Link popular music rolls; his
distinctive style included not restating verbatim entire passages of
music within a tune.
I will pass any MMD messages for Lyle along to him.
Take Care --