Category: Features

WE ACTUALLY DROPPED A PIANO

September, Aberdeen, 2020, well… seeing as it is 2020 expect anything. Every week on our YouTube channel we perform a “pianodrop” to coincide with releasing the next batch of instruments. A quick highlights video showing off new sounds and some of our old-favourites. The thing is we needed a cool ident for it so… why…

MAKE MUSIC DAY 2020

This year in honor of Make Music Day we’ve made noise, made samples, and plenty of music! Watch the three part event hosted by both Christian and Spitfire Audio, and make some music of your own! MAKE NOISE Christian shows you how to record your own samples at home, using everyday objects and a mobile…

Piano Day 2020 – Music By 300 Strangers

THE WORLD’S BIGGEST PIECE OF SYSTEM’S MUSIC To celebrate Piano Day 2020, the Pianobook Community has joined together to attempt to create the world’s biggest piece of system’s music. Inspired by the music of Steve Reich and taking a lead from Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choirs the community has submitted over 380 parts to make up…

Piano Day 2020 needs you!

The World’s Biggest Piece of System’s Music To celebrate Piano Day 2020, the Pianobook Community is joining together to attempt to create the world’s biggest piece of system’s music. Inspired by the music of Steve Reich and taking a lead from Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choirs we want you to create you own unique contribution to…

Piano Day 2019

  Pianos are unique instruments: both a set of complex mechanics and a beautiful piece of furniture. The complexity of building a piano means that no two pianos are completely alike. Different manufacturers have their own methods of building pianos, which leads to a whole range of tonal differences. As a piece of furniture, they…

Spitfire Labs

  The Spitfire Audio LABS programme is an infinite series of software instruments, free and easy to use; made by musicians in London for anyone, anywhere. They release one every month, with a lot of content coming from Christian Henson’s private collection of curios, as well as a bimonthly creative compendium, The Notebook. And in…

Schimmel Factory Visit

  CHRISTIAN HENSON (EXCERPT FROM SPITFIRE AUDIO): Whilst I knew the piano was a complicated instrument, I didn’t quite believe how mind-blowing my trip to Schimmel would be. How do they make pianos? How did these monumentally complex bits of machinery become the ‘king’ instrument, top of the food chain, ‘Musicus-rex’? I guess the scale…

Sea Burial

Thanks to these brutally romantic images from Andrew Ward, who had this to say about them: “I took the photos on 19th August 2014 at the beach in Aldeburgh, Suffolk – I’d dragged the family on a pilgrimage to Orford Ness to explore Thomas Dolby’s “Invisible Lighthouse” (https://vimeo.com/92960064) and we happened upon this scene on…

Skeleton Piano

  The photo was taken in 2012. I was living in Beijing at that time and was lucky enough to travel and some parts of Asia. The photo was taken in the foyer of the School of the Arts Singapore, which itself is an amazing architectural building with jagged angular walls and greenery flowing within and…

We have a logo!

WE HAVE A LOGO Mihail Mihayylov reached out to me but minutes after I launched the Pianobook project about a logo and typography plan. What was amazing about Mihail’s work is he got the concept instantly. After a massive thumbs up from me about the logo Mihail created this document for us to hone down…