Introduction

Marc Durand and Lucas Porter

IMAGINE... Pianos talking to one another from any place in the world.

 

IMAGINE... Full acoustic piano performance in real time at home, in universities, in concert halls across town or across continents.

 

IMAGINE... The most incredible musical performances transported from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House and back again.

“Remote Piano Lessons, in Real Time
(The New York Times, by Colin Campbell, Thursday, March 11, 2004)
TORONTO
   At 12, Lucas Porter already has the distinction of being one of the few musicians to have played the challenging third movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata on two pianos at the same time.
  Yet while Lucas, a soft-spoken boy from the village of Port Williams, Nova Scotia, is a piano prodigy, his feat is due more to technological advances than to his own skill. It came about through a new program called MusicPath, designed to link musicians in rural areas over the Internet with expert instructors.
  Every two weeks, when Lucas plays a piano at Acadia University, a short drive from his home, his teacher, Marc Durand, sits listening 700 miles away at a second shiny black grand piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. With a built-in computer and tiny solenoid pistons, the piano springs to life there as tough being played by a ghost imitating every keystroke and pedal movement that Lucas makes."

THE MUSICPATH SOFTWARE was developed by faculty Dr. Christoph Both and Dr. Jim Diamond, at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, in partnership with Yamaha Canada Music Ltd., The Royal Conservatory of Music and with substantial federal funding from CANARIE Inc.
MusicPath interconnects digital acoustic pianos, in this case a sophisticated Yamaha Disklavier, through advanced high-speed networks allowing one pianist to play several pianos in real-time, assisted by videoconferencing. This creates a new learning dimension for teachers, institutions and musicians.

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