Originally Posted by RunningBum
A former co-worker and friend of mine was on TED once. He went on to forma start-up company, sold it, and instead of FIREing, he's now doing something where he takes old music recordings and cleans them up (remove background noises, limitations of the old media, etc) as a "re-recording". Not sure this is really worth 13 minutes of your life, but since I mentioned it, here it is. What amused me is seeing how he still has the same way of laughing at his own little jokes while presenting.
Thanks for posting that. I'm not sure many people would 'get' what he is doing though. He was rather vague, but the fact that he was using that Yamaha piano clued me in.
This is not just 'cleaning up' an old recording. It is a brand new recording, made with that piano, in a modern recording studio.
Their software is analyzing the original recording, figuring out which notes are played when, how hard and how long they were held, and the pedal positions along the way. That data then drives the piano.
I had thought about this process when I bought the Robert Johnson box set (every recording he ever made). What if they analyzed the sound, and played that sound from a guitar with a robot or something? Tougher with guitar than piano (a piano separates the player from the strings with mechanical devices). I found a link, they are working on re-producing acoustic bass now (totally synthesized). So maybe someday.
Along these lines, I have a Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue CD recording made from a player piano roll made with Gershwin himself playing, and it was later recorded with a live orchestra in a modern recording studio for this CD. Fantastic, but I've seen it played pretty close up twice now, and it is super-impressive live (a lot of dramatic cross hand work - the hands really fly!).