After reading todays JazzWax posting, I looked at this:
It explains how piano rolls are made.
I found several things interesting:
*The piano roll is still being made today.
*The piano roll is the LONGEST-LASTING form of recorded music in history.
*There's a machine in the factory that has produced a million parts a year since the turn of
the century and still works perfectly today.
*The production is run by an Apple ][ computer! (Mine escaped the flood and will again become part of my computer museum when I get time)
Most telling to me is the statement that the piano roll was the turn-of-the-century equivalent of electronic music and MIDI. Let's see...note-on and -off...duration...velocity...tempo...expression controller...hmm.
Check this out if your schedule permits!
PS--If you are ANY kind of Jazz fan, PLEASE do yourself a favor and check out the JazzWax blog!!! www.jazzwax.com ...and reserve a few days to go through the archives at JazzWax...