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You are invited to an Sydney Conservatorium of Music About Music Lecture given by Peter Phillips (Conservatorium of Music).
The vast library of art music stored on reproducing piano rolls contains performances by some of the most legendary pianists of the 19th and 20th centuries, some of whom only recorded on piano roll. This lecture examines the question of making this music accessible through modern technology. Early gramophone recordings are now available as computer sound files and as I will demonstrate during the lecture, piano rolls can be made equally accessible through MIDI technology and contemporary instruments. The importance of this library of music will be highlighted through examples of piano roll recordings playing on a new hi-end MIDI mechanical concert-size grand piano.
Peter Phillips is a final-year PhD student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His interest in reproducing piano rolls began in 1976 through Denis Condon (1933-2012), whose roll collection was purchased in 2014 by Stanford University. Before the collection left Australia, Peter archived most of it with purpose-built equipment. The topic of archiving piano rolls forms a major part of his thesis, coupled with an analysis of piano roll catalogues of art music and an examination of how piano rolls were produced. He has presented lectures at institutions such as Stanford University, and seeks to promote the inherent value and importance of piano roll recordings.
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Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, is the Asia Pacific's centre of excellence in music, providing leading edge education, research and performance. sydney.edu.au/music