Robs Perfectly Imperfect Piano
This Player Piano came into my life when I was 3 years old (1957) and when it arrived in our home is was already old (as of this reading, over 100 years old!). Because it was a “Player” piano it meant that anyone could “play” it (whether sober or not!) so family parties always ended up singing around the piano playing our favourite piano “rolls”. One of my favourites was PIANO ROLL BLUES by Cy Coben which was the very last roll I played before she went to her new home.
I call her “Perfectly Imperfect” because she has lead a less-than-perfect existence. From the beer-rings to the cigarette burns to the lack of tuning she’s lived every second to the fullest. I sampled her with one layer only because she was never subtle. I will confess to fixing one note in the sample (C#1) that was so out of tune that the pain was unbearable. A simple, yet adequate H2ZOOM microphone was used in 10×20 U-Haul storage locker on a warm June day to record the samples – once by region and once, all 88 notes. Because each note has a character of its own, for the EXS24 instrument I used the full 88 note samples. I would suggest that my “Perfectly Imperfect Piano” is most suitable for ragtime ditties, saloon scenes and perhaps underscore for demented clowns. In any event, the end of the story is that although I had to give her up after 63 years, she’s going to a new home in a piano bar (how appropriate is that!) and is being fully restored! A new life for a very old girl! AND – I can visit her any time I like!
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I wanted an out-of-tune piano for a horror movie cue, a couple of years ago. (For a class in composing for film.) Couldn’t find a free sample, and the ones I found to buy cost too much. I tried to fake it with digital de-tuning, but was not satisfied with the result. I abandoned that idea, and used other clichés.
This instrument is wonderful! I just loaded it into Logic and played with it for a bit. It’s so awful! You have to love it!
A Thoroughly Worn-Out piano that sounds great with a bit of a LP Filter too.
Enjoyed it very much!
Such a cool and unique piano sound – nice work!
As a child, I remember sitting and sometimes being allowed to play the piano. It was a great novelty for me and a huge part of any family gathering. In my mind, I can still see family members playing, dancing, singing and with a drink sitting on one end and an ashtray with the smoke curling upwards, on the other. I’m thrilled that I was able to hear it again, one last time. Rob is a saint for finding the absolute perfect new home for her.