By Henry Lowengard
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Imagine a piano in a summer home on a small lake, far in the north of the Northeastern United States. Imagine the piano sitting there for 60 or 70 years, untuned and unmaintained.
The naturally prepared timbres of the Lake Piano are now here for you, each missing felt, each individual nuance of the key action and character-filled tones. Briskly recorded one summer in lo-fi, these samples also contain sounds of children, cats, screen doors, and the summer breeze.
Lake Piano is played with a double row of scrolling piano keys, which allows one to have access to two octaves of nostalgia in any musical key, or at least a passing resemblance to a key.
It also sports a volume slider.
With grateful acknowledgement to the Macmillans and Grahams of Knollwood.
The next version will absolutely be multi touch .. so stick with me, early adopters, and thanks for your kind words.
By the author of SrutiBox, Droneo and Wind Chimes.
Four stars for the idea, which is brilliant and poetic. It's a little hard to play so far, unfortunately, and I'm disappointed that you can play only one note at a time. Maybe the idea was to duplicate sticking keys, etc. so as to more realistically execute the sound of an abandoned piano - but a little less absolute realism in that regard would be nice. For a buck I can't complain too much, though. It's pretty cool.
Great sound, less than playable
I've been wanting someone to come out with a prepared piano from john cage's scores, but until then, this will have to do! Sounds great, even if the keys are a little unresponsive... Plenty of character to these notes, and as far as I can tell, only lo-fi due to a plentitude of "air"... Which is only apparent in the decay of each note.
Cheers, this must've been a ball to put together!
Perfect for those broken piano kinda mornings...
These sounds have so much character that you'll want to add them into your arrangements immediately. Every note has a little bit of the life going on around it as it was recorded. I really appreciate Lake Piano's personality and the thought that went into making this app. Thanks so much, Henry!
- Category: Music
- Released: Apr 16, 2009
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 8.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Henry Lowengard
- © (c) 2009-2011 by Henry Lowengard
Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.