Learning to play any instrument isn’t just about correctly following every last note on a sheet of music. Being expressive, and imaginative, is just as important to learn. That’s what led MIT’s Xiao Xiao and Hiroshi Ishii to develop Andante, which adds lively animated figures to a self-playing piano.
I always love watching Jason Pelsey play the piano from his perspective. It reminds me of how special music and art can be because even though I too have two arms and ten fingers, I cannot even come close to melting the keys of a piano like he does. It is totally frantic and powerful and it seems like his fingers are moving so fast that the music becomes so fluid. Your eyes can’t keep up with what you’re hearing.