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Subject: Re: Pianocorder tapes to MIDI files

Mark Fontana
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Date Posted: 17:00:38 02/09/08 Sat
In reply to: Dirk Veldhorst 's message, "Pianocorder tapes to MIDI files" on 13:32:37 02/06/08 Wed

I completed a project to do exactly this as part of my Master's thesis. Unfortunately, there are many hurdles to releasing the conversions publicly. A major problem is that the Pianocorder recordings are now owned by Yamaha Corporation, who continues to sell some of them in Disklavier format. Additional Pianocorder material was derived from pneumatic player piano rolls from QRS, who sells this material in MIDI format themeselves. Aside from Yamaha and QRS' interests, releasing MIDI files of contemporary music still under copyright has its own legal problems. A further portion of the Pianocorder material was transferred from non-QRS piano rolls. Most of that material is available in better quality MIDI files from folks like Spencer Chase, Peter Philips and Terry Smythe.

Although some Pianocorder cassettes are well-authored, such as those in the Contemporary Artists Series featuring performances by Liberace, Roger Williams and others, the bulk of the Pianocorder library was not so impressive. The Oscar Peterson file at Zenph is the product of a great deal of hand editing and isn't representative of the quality of most Pianocorder cassettes.

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