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Modern Music and Player Pianos
By Mike Knudsen

Mark Kinsler wrote:

> Uh, you won't like this, but I'm afraid that the reason that 'modern
> music' on piano rolls doesn't sell is the same reason that people try
> play old-time radio shows through antique radios that they restore:
> the stuff doesn't sound 'appropriate.'  We associate player pianos
> with our great-grandparents, and we expect ancient music to emerge
> from the instruments.

There's a lot of truth in this, but maybe the place to watch is the
solenoid pianos: nice modern technology, no expectations of ancient
music.  However, so far what seems to come out of these pianos in hotel
lounges is classical music, Gershwin songs, or vintage 1930s cocktail
piano, because that's what folks expect in a lounge piano, regardless
of who or what's playing it.  Just goes to further prove your point,
I'd say.

Mike Knudsen

(Message sent Tue 30 Oct 2001, 02:51:59 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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