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New Music For Reproducing Pianos?
By Mike Walter

Hi y'all,
And a belated Happy Thanksgiving to you!

I've been conversing with Robbie Rhodes a bit about the computer work
that went into the production of the Leo Podolsky rolls a number of
years ago.  I would like to get some input about the possibility of
using computer technology to help produce new piano rolls from new or
existing MIDI files.

Can a computer do the following:?

Identify a number of notes by their pitches and place them on a moving
graph? (Split stack)

Identify the dB reading of said note above and store that info in memory?

If given a series of dB thresholds for various level of loudness, would
it be able to assign intensity levels for all notes in a complete song?

Would it be able to punch the appropriate holes that correspond to the
levels of intensity on both the bass and treble sides?

Compare dB readings of various notes and be able to recognize patterns
in the loudness of a series of notes and recognize when a level of
amplification had been encountered?

Recognize when a series of notes had been extended and that the Sustain
Pedal had been used?

Recognize when a soft passage had been encountered during a selection?
(Soft Pedal)

If there is a way of producing new music (or different pieces) that is
more meaningful to the current generations of younger individuals, we
would be able to choose new tunes and introduce a different generation
to automatic musical instruments (especially reproducing pianos). Main
stream pianists of the past 20 years have a lot to offer and it would
be different to have a variety of artists to play in our homes on our
pianos. Jim Brickman, Elton John, Paul Schaefer, Jon Batiste are only
a handful of artists that are around. Even "Frozen" was a hit with a
notable tune.

Your thoughts?


(Message sent Thu 23 Nov 2017, 20:39:56 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

Key Words in Subject:  Music, New, Pianos, Reproducing

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