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“Moonlight Sonata” in a Bus Station

Can you play Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on piano? If you’re a random bus commuter in Newcastle, UK, the answer apparently is “yes” — with a little help from your friends. In this video, Andy Jackson of the Cobweb Orchestra plays the majority of the piece, leaving the high melodic lines for passersby. He coaches [...]

5 Guys and 1 Piano Cover of One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful

It took 5 guys and 1 piano to create this clever cover of the boy band One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful. See Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson (any guy with the middle name "Sharp" is our kind of guy), Paul Anderson, [...]

The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Billy Joel!

Today the Piano Man turns 63. To celebrate, here are ten of his greatest hits (my favorites), arranged in chronological order. Looking back on it, it’s stunning how many hit records Billy Joel released — according to Wikipedia, his catalogue includes “13 studio albums, 5 live albums, 59 singles, and 11 compilation albums.” [...]

This Little Guy Will Grow Up To Be The New Piano Man

(YouTube Link) Move over Billy Joel, because Ethan W. is coming to take over your position as Rock’s Piano Man, and he’s got a lot of growing up to do yet! Watch as Ethan delivers an Emmy worthy performance, accompanied by his dad on acoustic guitar, all the while proving that he’s the new face of Rock [...]

Abandoned Pianos

If you have ever been fortunate enough to come across an abandoned piano, you probably recall how fascinated you were. Knowing how intricate, entertaining, and expensive they are, it’s sad to think of someone just giving up on a piano -even if it’s in terrible shape. The next best thing would be to see a [...]

Swiss Army Piano

Charles Hess patented this combination piano, couch, and bureau in 1866, intending it for hotels and boarding schools in which some bedrooms are used as parlors during daylight hours. Closet F holds the bedclothes, and closet G holds a washbowl, pitcher, and towels. Supposedly, the piano played just fine with all this furniture packed into it. [...]

Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor on the Big Piano

If you love Tom Hanks playing Chopsticks on the giant piano in Big, you’ll love this: two FAO Schwartz staffers in New York City playing Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Hit play or go to Link [YouTube]

The Whaletone

One night, Robert Majkut had a dream. That dream was to recreate the piano in a grander form. So Robert took this whale of an idea and created this: an electric keyboard called the Whaletone: It seemed to me a little imprecise, fuzzy. Shapes were looming, fading away, then replacing one another. Maybe it was the [...]

The Late Movies: Animals on Piano

My kitten waits until long after everyone is retired for the night and then announces to the entire house that someone forgot to close the piano. She is only one in a long line of talented and not-so-talented creatures who play piano. Keyboard Cat Charlie Schmidt created the original keyboard cat video with his cat Fatso in [...]

A Musical Composition Based on Pi

(Video Link) Michael Blake assigned note values to numerals and played pi to the first 31 decimal places. He starts with a simply piano melody, but then he brings in an accordion, a xylophone, a ukulele, a banjo, and other instruments. via Geekosystem | Previously: Pi on the Piano