Piano Bar

Posted by: admin on January 26, 2011 @ 11:41 am
Filed under: Humor
Piano on Sand Bar

via NYTimes: From the shore, it looks like an oddly shaped buoy. But as residents here have discovered on closer inspection, it is in fact a grand piano perched upright on a narrow sand bar in Biscayne Bay — a sight that has inspired wordsmiths to compete to name South Florida’s newest curiosity (“piano bar” seems to have won).

Update: Case closed. Turns out the piano belongs to Nick Harrington, 16, of Miami Shores, Florida. He dropped it in the bay as part of an elaborate plan to get into Cooper Union. Gotta say I hope it works. Cooper Union so far seems unimpressed.


  1. And then there’s this Piano Bar:


    Know anybody who has one lying around? I’ve always wanted to try it.


    Comment by Curtis Macdonald — January 27, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

  2. That’s amazing, Curtis. Thanks for posting, and welcome.

    I wonder, is that the same technology that George Lewis is using to convert acoustic piano playing into midi information for his improvising computer interfaces? I remember at Banff some years ago he had Jason Moran play, while the application listened and “played” along. It was eerie and beautiful music.

    Comment by Dave Douglas — January 30, 2011 @ 6:28 am

  3. Might be, Dave. I’ve seen Herbie use a Piano Bar once, I think moog only made a few of them and came with mixed reviews, since it used only light sensors to judge the depression of a piano key in order to convert it into a MIDI message. Regardless, I’d love to get my hands on one to mess around with!

    I believe G. Lewis uses a custom “audio-to-MIDI” patch in Max/MSP to pitch-track incoming audio from a microphone, but I could be mistaken. There’s an endless many ways to capture, sample, and ultimately process sound these days it truly blows the mind.

    Wish I was around that summer to hear Moran play with Lewis! I’m sure that was incredible…

    Comment by Curtis Macdonald — February 1, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

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