Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#160988 - 02/21/08 02:16 PM How Many Technician's Does it Take to String a Piano?
Piano World Online   blank


Registered: 05/24/01
Posts: 5530
Loc: Parsonsfield, ME (originally N...
How Many Technician's Does It Take To String a Piano?[/b]




Just kidding \:\)


It takes 10 musicians armed with fishing line, Popsicle sticks, and plumbing tape to play the bowed piano.

This is a "Bowed Piano".
© From NPR

February 5, 2008 - What happens when you take a perfectly good invention — one that's been around for several hundred years — and completely rethink it? That's what an enterprising musician and composer named Stephen Scott has done with the grand piano.

For the past 30 years, Scott has been exploring, obsessing over, and pushing the sound of the piano far beyond its traditional boundaries, creating a new kind of instrument he calls the bowed piano.

To get a sense of what the bowed piano is, imagine a grand piano with the lid lifted off. Ten musicians crowd around, leaning over the innards of the instrument, like a team of surgeons performing an operation.

Scott says you won't find any traditional-looking bows — like the ones violinists use — in his ensemble.

"The primary sound is produced by a bow of nylon fish-line, which is rosined, and that's just threaded under the piano string and across it. There's another kind of bow, which is a stick of wood which has horse hair affixed to it, and that's rubbed against the strings to produce a short, percussive sound."

The bowed-piano ensemble also uses guitar picks, Popsicle sticks, tongue depressors, and even rubber plumbing tape to expand the palette of sound colors for Scott's compositions.

The Rest of the Article
_________________________
- Frank B.
Founder / Host
www.PianoWorld.com
www.PianoSupplies.com
Find Us On:
Facebook.com/PianoWorldDotCom
Twitter.com/PianoWorld
www.youtube.com/PianoWorldDotCom
Skype: PianoWorldDotCom
Estonia L-190, Yamaha P-80, Hammond XK-3, Hammond A-100, Estey 1895 Pump Organ
-------------------------
It's Fun To Play the Piano ... PLEASE Pass It On!
And please invite everyone you know to join our piano forums!

Top
(ads 568) Hailun Pianos

piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#160989 - 02/21/08 03:52 PM Re: How Many Technician's Does it Take to String a Piano?
bitWrangler Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/14/07
Posts: 1785
Loc: Central TX
OK, call me grumpy or just "missing something", but this hardly seems like "completely rethinking" the piano. After all, my son has already "completely rethunk" the piano by going a step further than our intrepid Mr. Scott by utilizing Matchbox cars, Transformers, and in a sign of his range of empathetic skills, stuffed dolls. Little could I appreciate that the time I caught, um I mean "observed", him having his stuffed Beethoven doll "play" the piano by actually hitting the strings themselves that he was simply pushing the piano far beyond it's boundaries. Unfortunately, and as is the bane for all true artists, his audience could not fully appreciate the magnitude and originality of the work and his reward for innovation was to spend 5 minutes in his sanctuary to further ponder the context of his actions against the backdrop of a more rigid and rule based society.

Top
#160990 - 02/21/08 04:29 PM Re: How Many Technician's Does it Take to String a Piano?
Rickster Online   content


Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 8076
Loc: Georgia, USA
Hi Frank, interesting post.

I guess it is fine to want to do something out of the ordinary from time to time, but when I want to play my fiddle, I get out my fiddle and bow and cut down on “Orange Blossom Special” \:D .

When I want to play my piano I sit down and play it the way it is supposed to be played.

Interesting concept though.

Best regards,

Rickster
_________________________
Piano enthusiast and amateur musician: "Treat others the way you would like to be treated". Yamaha C7. YouTube Channel

Top
#160991 - 02/21/08 05:49 PM Re: How Many Technician's Does it Take to String a Piano?
mdsdurango Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/01/04
Posts: 1755
Loc: Durango Colorado
Cool!
I like it.
I would never let them near MY piano but I think it sounds great!

MIke
_________________________
WHAT???????
Yamaha S6, U5C, P120
http://michaelstith.com

Top
#160992 - 02/21/08 06:18 PM Re: How Many Technician's Does it Take to String a Piano?
HappyGoLucky Offline
Full Member

Registered: 07/07/03
Posts: 295
Loc: Arlington, VA
I particularly like their matching black blouses to complete their "ensemble" performance.

Virgina (from Virginia)

Top
#160993 - 02/21/08 07:49 PM Re: How Many Technician's Does it Take to String a Piano?
Rich Galassini Offline
8000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 8977
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
Terry Riley has written for this group. Our own "Realplayer" will be playing some Riley compositions in concert himself quite soon

Shameless Plug (page down to March 7,2008):

http://www.roulette.org/events/2008_03.html
_________________________
Rich Galassini
Cunningham Piano Co.
Phila, Pa.
Dir. Line (215) 991-0834
rich@cunninghampiano.com
Get Cunningham Piano Email Updates

Top
#160994 - 02/22/08 01:35 AM Re: How Many Technician's Does it Take to String a Piano?
faucon Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/13/07
Posts: 285
Loc: Missouri USA
 Quote:
Originally posted by bitWrangler:
OK, call me grumpy or just "missing something", but this hardly seems like "completely rethinking" the piano. After all, my son has already "completely rethunk" the piano by going a step further than our intrepid Mr. Scott by utilizing Matchbox cars, Transformers, and in a sign of his range of empathetic skills, stuffed dolls. Little could I appreciate that the time I caught, um I mean "observed", him having his stuffed Beethoven doll "play" the piano by actually hitting the strings themselves that he was simply pushing the piano far beyond it's boundaries. Unfortunately, and as is the bane for all true artists, his audience could not fully appreciate the magnitude and originality of the work and his reward for innovation was to spend 5 minutes in his sanctuary to further ponder the context of his actions against the backdrop of a more rigid and rule based society. [/b]
This conjures up such a cute image---if you're not the owner of the piano! \:\) There are lots of ways to push other instruments "far beyond (their) traditional boundaries", but I have mixed feelings about such endeavors. Air compressors could be hooked up to trumpets or trombones; a harp could be played with dulcimer hammers or dental instruments. To what point do the absurd and the creative overlap?

Top
#160995 - 02/24/08 12:12 AM Re: How Many Technician's Does it Take to String a Piano?
Noah Frere Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/08/06
Posts: 15
Loc: Knoxville, TN
OK, call me grumpy or just "missing something", but this hardly seems like "completely rethinking" the piano. After all, my son has already "completely rethunk" the piano by going a step further than our intrepid Mr. Scott by utilizing Matchbox cars, Transformers, and in a sign of his range of empathetic skills, stuffed dolls. Little could I appreciate that the time I caught, um I mean "observed", him having his stuffed Beethoven doll "play" the piano by actually hitting the strings themselves that he was simply pushing the piano far beyond it's boundaries. Unfortunately, and as is the bane for all true artists, his audience could not fully appreciate the magnitude and originality of the work and his reward for innovation was to spend 5 minutes in his sanctuary to further ponder the context of his actions against the backdrop of a more rigid and rule based society.


you said it.
_________________________
Noah Frere
www.knowapiano.com
Knoxville, TN

Top
#160996 - 02/24/08 08:15 AM Re: How Many Technician's Does it Take to String a Piano?
Starting Over Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 1290
Loc: Toronto
Interesting post Frank. I wonder if the piano could be played normally at the same time as all the bowing and plucking is going on. That would add to the cacophony. The overall effect is quite distinctive in character, almost verging on a synthesizer sound at times. Actually, I'm less critical of the method, which looks like it could be fun for the ensemble players, than I am of the monotonous New Age compositions themselves ;\) .

Let's hear some Mozart or Beethoven arranged for bowed piano! \:D
_________________________
Buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don't go up, don't buy it.
Will Rogers


Top

Moderator:  Ken Knapp, Piano World, Rickster 
What's Hot!!
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Download & Print Sheet Music Instantly
sheet music search
sheet music search

sheet music search
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
123 registered (accordeur, anotherscott, 40 invisible), 1279 Guests and 37 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
74250 Members
42 Forums
153594 Topics
2251114 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Need help with upgrading(?) Roland digital
by Pathbreaker
Today at 10:23 PM
CA glue applications
by accordeur
Today at 10:01 PM
Casio PX 850
by ryand90
Today at 07:41 PM
Am I Too Old?
by HatemTarek22
Today at 07:34 PM
New 52" upright with 10K budget?
by WCSdancer
Today at 07:26 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission