All about the rhythm
May 4, 2015 9:59 PM   Subscribe

Touch Pianist – Tap in rhythm and perform your favourite music

Obligatory predecessor in this style of music visualization, Stephen Malinowski
posted by CrystalDave (16 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
This is so enchanting. I love it.
posted by SpacemanStix at 10:09 PM on May 4, 2015 [3 favorites]

Fantastic post...I'm loving the utter simplicity of it. Just downloaded the app as well. Makes me feel like I'm actually performing each piece for an audience! Plus there is an amazing library of pieces to choose from, so it's unlikely I'll ever get bored of playing with this.

Bravo to the makers!
posted by Quasimike at 10:41 PM on May 4, 2015 [1 favorite]

Surprisingly neat for how simple it is.
posted by flatluigi at 11:11 PM on May 4, 2015 [1 favorite]

So I was playing some fugues, or trying to anyway, for a while. And now all the text on MeFi is scrolling horizontally in my brain and I'm getting seasick. Make it stop!
posted by zachlipton at 11:48 PM on May 4, 2015 [1 favorite]

Another way to play the piano.
posted by Wolof at 12:20 AM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]

All this has taught me is that I can't even get the timing of my favorite pieces right, let alone the actual notes.

Gymnopedie No. 1 at 180 bpm is a hoot, though.
posted by ZaphodB at 12:25 AM on May 5, 2015 [3 favorites]

This is very engaging and becomes quite a challenge. Satie being a favorite of mine
I thought I would have no problem...boy was I wrong.
posted by quazichimp at 1:39 AM on May 5, 2015

Oh come on... touch pianist? Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

No? Well, I do have the maturity of a six year old.
posted by Literaryhero at 1:47 AM on May 5, 2015 [5 favorites]

I showed it to my kids and it immediately became a competition about how fast we could go
posted by greenhornet at 2:56 AM on May 5, 2015

Hey, my kid already has one of these.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:11 AM on May 5, 2015

So this is basically Smule's Magic Piano, only in a web app?
posted by skullhead at 6:42 AM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]

I struggled to only press one key when there were clearly chords on the screen... Now I want to see a multipart, rockband style version!
posted by fizban at 7:10 AM on May 5, 2015

Watch out if you're in "perform" mode on Beethoven's "Pathetique", at least on a Windows laptop. It comes out all choppy with next to no sustain, depending on how you click.
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 7:22 AM on May 5, 2015

Touch Pianist is one of the latest implementations of an idea that's been around for a long time: technologically-assisted musical performance; here's an historical overview on the subject: The Conductor Program — computer-mediated musical performance.
posted by musanim at 11:59 AM on May 5, 2015

I demand Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 because (a) I'm a masochist and (b) I want to pretend I'm Victor Borge.
posted by savetheclocktower at 1:03 PM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]

I performed John Cage's 4'33" and it was ...perfect.
posted by seawallrunner at 8:11 PM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]

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