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Pianists play piano lately: on a beach, on an ice floe, suspended from a crane, on top of a skyscraper (Petrucciani), on the rear of a speeding speed boat (Peter Bence). Anyone know of more? Or ideas for more? I think maybe playing in one of those zero gravity diving planes would be neat. Also I do have one other idea I want to keep secret in case I want to do it myself.


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In zero gravity your action wouldn't work...


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Originally Posted by johnstaf
In zero gravity your action wouldn't work...


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Argh! I hadn’t thought of that. Very good point.

I’d have to rig something with springs or rubber bands.


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCQyhocSFXQ

Having climbed Everest, I can attest that its summit would not hold a piano (even if you cleaned it of all those prayer flags), but its South Col (25,938 ft/7,906m) has more than enough level rocky space to comfortably accommodate a truckload of concert grands.

But the hapless pianist would need supplementary oxygen to play anything more strenuous than Islamey wink , though because of the thin air, there's little air resistance, so the keys (and his hands) would fly at lightning speed.......

But we still haven't solved the problem of how to get the piano up there - helicopters have a ceiling of around 6,000m.


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Originally Posted by bennevis


But we still haven't solved the problem of how to get the piano up there - helicopters have a ceiling of around 6,000m.


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Originally Posted by johnstaf
In zero gravity your action wouldn't work...


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Would a digital piano work?

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In zero-g you’d need a spring-loaded keyboard or perhaps an action with opposable magnets. Anything relying on a weighted-hammer action would not work well. And forget using an acoustic piano, digital would be the way to go.

Interestingly, the Roland Go Piano would work pretty well in zero-g - it’s got a spring loaded action and it’s fairly compact and light. So in the case of zero-g it’s a pretty good “travel” piano. A keytar would be another option.


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And if you nailed it all down, you’d probably want to velcro your butt to the bench to keep your arms and legs free for playing.


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Here’s the keyboard on the ISS.


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And anything dramatic just sounds cooler in space ...


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Originally Posted by Groove On
And anything dramatic just sounds cooler in space ...


LOL. Also the opposite is true: space seems cooler with anything that sounds dramatic.

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Originally Posted by Groove On
And forget using an acoustic piano, digital would be the way to go.


I disagree; I think the audacity of having an acoustic floating around would be part of the stunt. But I could understand using a “fake” acoustic with a digital inside (that could be a lot lighter, and less dangerous for one thing).


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And forget using an acoustic piano, digital would be the way to go.
I disagree; I think the audacity of having an acoustic floating around would be part of the stunt.

A floating acoustic would be pretty cool; but the hammers won’t work correctly in zero-g. Without gravity the hammers won’t reset back to their start positions, they’ll all just float at some random position - same problem with the keys.


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Though this would be a great opportunity to re-vitalize the forums. We can resurrect old dead-horse topics by adding “... in space” and give us something to discuss. For example:

What’s the optimal pivot length for keys ... in space.
Worth it to do Hanon or Czerny ... in space.
How do I find a good teacher ... in space.


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“First grand piano on the moon”. That’s one half step for Ligeti, one giant leap for stride.


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Originally Posted by charleslang
“First grand piano on the moon”. That’s one half step for Ligeti, one giant leap for stride.


In space no one can hear your strings vibrate.

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Originally Posted by bennevis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCQyhocSFXQ

Having climbed Everest, I can attest that its summit would not hold a piano (even if you cleaned it of all those prayer flags), but its South Col (25,938 ft/7,906m) has more than enough level rocky space to comfortably accommodate a truckload of concert grands.

But the hapless pianist would need supplementary oxygen to play anything more strenuous than Islamey wink , though because of the thin air, there's little air resistance, so the keys (and his hands) would fly at lightning speed.......

But we still haven't solved the problem of how to get the piano up there - helicopters have a ceiling of around 6,000m.


With those oxygen levels, you can hallucinate yourself as many concert grands as you want. And play Islamey on all of them.

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Originally Posted by TwoSnowflakes

With those oxygen levels, you can hallucinate yourself as many concert grands as you want. And play Islamey on all of them.

I had a pleasant nightmare wink on the South Col during my night spent up there, after descending from the top.

I dreamt I was performing the Hammerklavier (which I've never learnt) in Carnegie Hall (where I've never been), and was almost suffocating in the strenuous fugue. I just couldn't get enough air into my lungs, and was gasping for breath while trying to keep playing.

Then I woke up, and discovered........I really was suffocating: my oxygen mask had slipped off my face and I was having to breath in thin air cry.


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This week I heard about different pracitces of piano destruction for "artistic" reasons, one of them was to drown the grand in the swimming pool, while playing any of the pieces by Liszt. I don't remember the name of the conceptual artist though...

Similar concept here...

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/drowning-the-piano-a-marriage-of-music-and-art-1.529142


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Originally Posted by justyna_ewa
This week I heard about different pracitces of piano destruction for "artistic" reasons,

This great French pianist apparently went out with a bang some years ago:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/3044844.stm

This was after his destruction of his pianos and his concert attire. Not bad for a pianist who has no piano to practice on, and no clothes to wear:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORjufvVG5So

He's reportedly retiring for a second time, though not in flames this time.


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