We often think of art and technology as two very different endeavors with separate aims. But this is a false barrier. We only need to look inside one of the world’s most common and ubiquitous musical instruments, the piano, to see how in this case art and mechanical ingenuity can and do coincide.
The piano occupies a unique place in Western culture, and not just in music.
Stephen Schell, a member of the Piano Technicians Guild from Long Beach, will present a talk on pianos, including their mechanics and structures, why they sound the way they do, and their evolution over the past few centuries. Included will be a discussion of more recent developments in how concert pianos have been made to cover larger audiences, and how that brings attendant benefits and drawbacks. This session is a must for anyone interested in studio recording or concert sound reinforcement.