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Story & Clark Pianos & QRS Pianomation® Systems Chosen For Midwest Debut Of Ballet Mecanique
2/19/2009

Complex composition requires synchronization of 8 player pianos with other instruments

NAPLES, FLORIDA, February 19, 2009 – QRS Music Technologies, Inc., a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of pianos, piano-based audio and multimedia products, music and piano accessories, today announced that ten Story & Clark pianos, including eight equipped with QRS Pianomation® player systems, are being used to stage the robotic performance of George Antheil’s “Le Ballet Mécanique” as part of Chicago’s Fulcrum Point New Music Project’s DADA MACHINATIONS performance on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.

“It is an honor to be chosen to provide the pianos and player systems for this technically difficult-to-execute piece. We were honored when the National Gallery of Art chose QRS and we are honored again to be chosen by Fulcrum Point for the Midwest premiere of this historic concert,” said Tom Dolan, president and CEO of QRS Music Technologies, Inc. “The event is a great opportunity to raise consumer awareness of the Pianomation system and its impressive capabilities.”

Created in 1924, the composition originally incorporated eight roll-playing pianos, two concert grand pianos, three airplane propellers, three xylophones, four bass drums, bells, a siren and a TamTam. Due to the technical difficulty involved in getting 16 player pianos to play music precisely in synchronization (and in conjunction with human players and a conductor), Antheil’s conception was not realized until recently. It was performed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 2006. QRS supplied the pianos and state-of-the-art computer-driven player systems for those performances as well.