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May 18, 07

Music Meets Tech #29: How to Set Up a Pianoteq System

Pianoteq is an amazing piano simulation program that allows for unprecedented musical expression on digital pianos. If you're new to digital pianos and virtual instrument plugins, this episode will help untangle all those wires and break down the setup process into easy steps. I start with simple diagrams for either a computer or dedicated sound module setup - aka, the Muse Receptor - then follow with a "live video" example of a computer setup with the help of a talented young pianist, Katie Tran.


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May 17, 07

Music Meets Tech #28: Visual Recital Pilot with Astral Artists (smaller version)

In this semi-documentary, i collaborate with three musicians from Astral Artistic Services to present a pilot outreach program for the Meade School in North Philadelphia, utilizing my Visual Recital techniques. A behind-the-scenes look at how the show is set up, followed by the presentation itself. The kids had a blast, particularly with the visualizations for Paul Schoenfield's "Cafe Music"! Other pieces featured were a movement from Beethoven's Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1 No. 3, and the Adagio movement from Brahms Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8.

Musicians:

  • Jennifer Curtis, Violin
  • Susan Babini, Cello
  • Michael Mizrahi, Piano

Note: this is a smaller file size version for faster playback at reduced video quality




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Music Meets Tech #28: Visual Recital Pilot with Astral Artists

In this semi-documentary, i collaborate with three musicians from Astral Artistic Services to present a pilot outreach program for the Meade School in North Philadelphia, utilizing my Visual Recital techniques. A behind-the-scenes look at how the show is set up, followed by the presentation itself. The kids had a blast, particularly with the visualizations for Paul Schoenfield's "Cafe Music"! Other pieces featured were a movement from Beethoven's Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1 No. 3, and the Adagio movement from Brahms Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8.

Musicians:

  • Jennifer Curtis, Violin
  • Susan Babini, Cello
  • Michael Mizrahi, Piano



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May 09, 07

Visual Recital Workshops

I've been receiving invitations from a growing number of venues for the Visual Recital concept, and i wanted to post some of the workshop proposals that i'm offering in conjunction with VR performances:

Visual Recital Workshops

A. Visual Recital Art Workshop - I've been invited to give a Visual Recital workshop/concert in Colorado this summer. The neat thing about this will be the involvement of about 70 kids - i will introduce some classical piano works, then direct the students in small teams to create artwork depicting their feelings and reactions to assigned sections of a particular piece. Their artwork will be digitally scanned, then incorporated into my Visual Recital framework and performed "live" for the kids and their families! Perhaps something like this could be explored with a group of music students, or even collaboratively between a team of music students and a team of art students? Lots and lots of interesting artistic possibilities here! I've been invited to present a similar workshop in Long Island in the fall.

B. Visual Recital How-To - How about a nuts and bolts workshop for the teachers themselves? I could give a short demo and then a technical overview of the various components involved in creating a Visual Recital presentation. This might be a wonderful time for discussion and brainstorming to think of transforming ways classical music can be presented both in the teaching studio and in public performance venues.

C. New Possibilities with Digital Instruments - I'm starting to work pretty extensively with Digital Pianos, thanks to a fantastic new program that's recently been upgraded called Pianoteq (developed in France). This program is actually a piano simulator, as opposed to a "sampler" that comprises the architecture of virtually every digital piano on the market. What makes this program so exciting is the fact that real, acoustic piano phenomena can be accurately simulated on a digital piano for the first time - everything from sympathetic vibrations, to fully continuous pedal effects, to the way the hammers interact with vibrating and non-vibrating strings, cross string vibration effects - the full parameters are pretty breathtaking, but the really amazing aspect is how expressive the program actually feels. This could become a powerful - and affordable - new tool for teachers looking for a way to offer serious instrument alternatives for students with more modest budgets. One possibility would be to incorporate a Visual Recital performance simultaneously demonstrating the Pianoteq program.

Here are some suggested lecture/workshop/performance applications of the above ideas:

1. Barebones technical presentation - video demonstration and Powerpoint-style slideshow with brief lecture and discussion on the Visual Recital concept and how it can be implemented in pedagogical settings. Approximate duration: 30-45 min.

2. Live performance Visual Recital demonstration (~12-15 min.) using front projector and small screen and existing piano at venue. Powerpoint-style slideshow with lecture and discussion on the Visual Recital concept and how it can be implemented in pedagogical and performance settings. Approximate duration: 45-60 min.

3. Live performance Visual Recital demonstration (~12-15 min.) with full technical setup, employing 7' x 9' rear projection screen and digital piano demonstrating cutting edge Piano simulation software (Pianoteq). Powerpoint-style slideshow with lecture and discussion on the Visual Recital concept and other supporting technologies for innovative pedagogical and performance practices. Approximate duration: 60 - 90 min.

Please note that running times are approximate - they can be extended or shortened as needed.



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