The Road’s less-travelled piano

Ruined-piano connoisseur Ross Bolleter plays in his garden. Courtesy World Association for Ruined Piano Studies WARPS.com Further to some comments I made on the Meanjin blog Spiked a few days ago in response to happy endings, which took the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road as a recent example,…

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Evan B Harris, poet-painter of the piano

Look at these gorgeous paintings by Evan B Harris. Their whimsical beauty appeals to me. I bumped into them online while searching for something else. (As it is in life, so it is online.) I find particularly moving his literal intertwining of musician, instrument, memory and the imagination invigorated in the…

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Car industry turns to designing pianos, who weren’t consulted

In a bizarre twist on the recent history of the automotive industry, Audi has decided to mark its centenary by commissioning its youngest designers to come up with a new ... piano. I'm as much a fan of the piano as anyone who's played the instrument regularly from the age…

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The passe piano?

I just stumbled across this article from the LA Times about the declining sales of acoustic pianos, the rise in sales of electronic instruments and digital keyboards, and what it all might mean. According to the article, 105,000 acoustic upright and grand pianos were sold in the US in the…

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