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The Pianolina - an addictive flash game - is something like a cross between Pong and WolframTones. Brought to you by Grotrian, piano manufacturers since 1835, the pianolina visualizes musical notes as little squares that chime when they bounce against each other or against a wall. Its sophisticated interface lets you add chords, gravity, or start with the basic notes of well known compositions like Beethoven's "Für Elise".
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posted by knave at 10:42 PM on June 16, 2006

this is freaking sweet
posted by sourbrew at 10:44 PM on June 16, 2006

posted by Gyan at 11:07 PM on June 16, 2006

That was very impressive.

Them squares recreating Gnossiennes was great.
posted by Serial Killer Slumber Party at 11:07 PM on June 16, 2006

delicious dissonance possibilities
posted by oog at 11:19 PM on June 16, 2006

The fact that the little squares can bounce off each other as well, only makes the chaotic possibilities all the more potent.
posted by weinbot at 11:31 PM on June 16, 2006

posted by MetaMonkey at 11:33 PM on June 16, 2006

I just now produced the most godawful cacophony ever heard by mankind. It fits my Stanley Cup addled mind rather comfortably right now. Thanks.
posted by NoMich at 11:37 PM on June 16, 2006

Fantastic post. I love how even if you leave it alone it quickly degenerates into chaos, but it's a chaos that somehow works (unless you do what I did and send a little square pinging in at light speed).
posted by greycap at 12:49 AM on June 17, 2006

The Erik Satie predefined is amazing.
posted by thanatogenous at 12:55 AM on June 17, 2006

Excellent, innovative stuff.

Someone should expand it with user-added samples, and perhaps the velocity of the impact between the square and another object changing the volume or something.

The best results I had were by going into the "Grotrian" preset and getting rid of all their stuff... then using the rhythmic samples down below in the 2D sections. The ones with "gravity" send to peter out after awhile, so avoid it. I wish we could save these and send them to each other!

The Satie one is definately the best, I'd agree... does anyone know what piece that's suppose to replicate?
posted by Spacelegoman at 1:30 AM on June 17, 2006

Reminds me of "Ball Droppings" (nowhere near as disgusting as it sounds...) -- it's way more addictive, IMO, and great fun with which to taunt a cat.
posted by LordSludge at 1:50 AM on June 17, 2006 [1 favorite]

oh. yum. so fun. and thanks for the youtube link to that scanner version of fur elise. i squeeeed, and laughed, so excellent, yes.
posted by lapolla at 3:04 AM on June 17, 2006

Oh, so very, very cool. Just the thing to enjoy with my morning coffee.
posted by mkhall at 4:31 AM on June 17, 2006

Holy Moly. Really pretty. I love this.
posted by econous at 7:01 AM on June 17, 2006

The Satie one is really amazing.
posted by arcticwoman at 7:58 AM on June 17, 2006

This makes me temporarily happy.
posted by everichon at 8:55 AM on June 17, 2006

posted by BoringPostcards at 9:27 AM on June 17, 2006

The only thing that would make this cooler is if you could save and share compositions.
posted by ErWenn at 9:31 AM on June 17, 2006

posted by Alvy Ampersand at 12:36 PM on June 17, 2006

Thanks, that's great.
posted by andywolf at 1:44 PM on June 17, 2006

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