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You Think Playing the Piano is Hard?

Friday, November 9, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | OCMS

Try to find an American Fotoplayer!

fotoplayer

The American Fotoplayer is a type of photoplayer developed by the American Fotoplayer Company between the years of 1912 and 1925. The Fotoplayer is a type of player piano specifically developed to provide music and sound effects for silent movies.

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The appeal of the Fotoplayer to theatre owners was the fact that it took no musical skill to operate. The Fotoplayer would play the piano and pipe organ mechanically using an electric motor, an air pump, and piano rolls while the user of the Fotoplayer would follow the onscreen action while pulling cords, pushing buttons, and pressing pedals to produce relatable sounds to what was occurring onscreen. These actions could create sounds such as a steamboat whistle, a bird chirp, wind, thunder, a telephone bell, as well as many others. On Fotoplayers specifically, most effects were created using leather cords with wooden handles on the ends which the effects were directly connected to. For example, the steamboat whistle sound effect was created using a household bellows with a whistle at the end. Pulling the cord compressed the bellows, delivering a gust of air into the whistle. Creating a drum roll on the other hand was a bit more complicated. A clockwork device was needed to time the strikes of the drum which required constant winding.

Adapted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_American_Fotoplayer

 







Piano Sale

Thursday, November 8, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | piano

Yamaha pianos used throughout the past year at Merriweather Post Pavillion for both events and visiting artists, as well as pianos used by students throughout Howard County piano teaching studios will be available at substantial savings during a once-a-year event.

The selection includes baby grand, upright, 

digital & hybrid pianos, including 

Yamaha AvantGrand, Disklavier, Clavinova & More

* Each piano has been professionally maintained 

and is in very good to excellent condition

* Each piano features a new factory warranty

* No holds or layaways.  Delivery & financing available on-site.

* Each instrument is first-come, first-served in the order of appointments received.

Yamaha product specialists will be on hand to assist.

Appointments are strongly recommended for the best selection, and are required for event access prior to Sunday.  Register here:

Info & Appointments

10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
Event Appointment Line:
(844) 711-3010

Sing/Play Happy Birthday Whenever You Want

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | birthday

happy birthday

 

You're legal now!

None of the companies that have collected royalties on the "Happy Birthday" song for the past 80 years held a valid copyright claim to one of the most popular songs in history, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled on Tuesday.

In a stunning reversal of decades of copyright claims, the judge ruled that Warner/Chappell never had the right to charge for the use of the "Happy Birthday To You" song. Warner had been enforcing a copyright since 1988, when it bought Birch Tree Group, the successor to Clayton F. Summy Co., which claimed the original disputed copyright.

Judge George H. King ruled that a copyright filed by the Summy Co. in 1935 granted only the rights to specific piano arrangements of the music, not the actual song.

Read more at http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-happy-birthday-song-lawsuit-decision-20150922-story.html



The following version is in the O'Connor Music Studio library, if you wish to borrow it.  It is also available on amazon.com