Options Radio Free Culture: Playlist from October 9, 2014 Options

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Options October 9, 2014: Radio Free Culture #18: Player Piano: The First Digital Music Revolution (Part 2/2)

The player piano's influence on digital music, including MIDI, Super MIDI, Black MIDI, MIDI-powered automata and mechanical pop. Featuring interviews with Nick Seaver, Aaron David Ross, Michael Connor and Nick Yulman. Host/producer Jason Sigal.

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Artist Track Label Comments
Jason Sigal  (intro)   Options   Theme Song: Thick Business "Smoothest Runes" 
  Oh Promise Me   QRS   optical scan of an 1889 piano roll performance, courtesy of trachtman.org 

Nick Seaver

Cultural Anthropologist, nickseaver.net
"This Is Not a Copy": Mechanical Fidelity and the Re-enacting Piano
automatic violin
Nick Seaver  (interview)   Options    

Aaron David Ross

Musician, sound designer, master of extended techniques with the Disklavier
Score to the film Buffalo by Charles Anderson, music composed performed and recorded by ADR
Frederic Chiu performance with Yamaha's Disklavier, Oct 30th at Miller Theatre NYC
Aaron David Ross  (interview)   Options    
Conlon Nancarrow

Michael Connor

Curator, rhizome.org

The Impossible Music of Black MIDI
Black MIDI documentary by Andrew Chugg

Music heard in this segment:

Goto80, "Spill", Digi-Dig
Michael Connor  (inteview)   Options   rhizome.org 

Nick Yulman

Sound & interactive design artist, builder of musical automata, nysoundworks.org

Thing Synth from Nick Yulman on Vimeo.

Nick Yulman - Index Boogie at PS1 from Nick Yulman on Vimeo.

Concert Hall at Palais de Tokyo - Walk Through from Nick Yulman on Vimeo.

Nick Yulman  (interview)   Options   nysoundworks.org 

More resources (feel free to share links in the comments):

The Guinness Collection of Instruments & Automata, Morristown NJ:

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