QRS Music Technologies, Inc. to Provide 16 Grand Pianos with Pianomation
NAPLES, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 13, 2006--QRS Music Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:QRSM News), a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of pianos, piano-based audio and multimedia products, music and piano accessories, announced today that it will provide the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., with 16 player pianos to perform music for the well-known dada film "Le Ballet Mecanique." The installation will be activated for a seven- to ten-minute demonstration each weekday at 1:00 and 4:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm, March 12-29, 2006. The performance will be staged near the entrance of the Gallery's Dada exhibition (on view through May 14, 2006) using 16 QRS Pianomation-driven grand player pianos, three xylophones, four bass drums, a tam-tam, a siren, and three "airplane propellers," all controlled using MIDI technology.
"Partnering with the National Gallery of Art on this performance is an opportunity for us to raise awareness about modern piano-based entertainment systems," said Tom Dolan, President and CEO of QRS Music Technologies. "Player systems today are affordable and versatile; they increase the enjoyment and usage of pianos and are particularly fun for home entertaining, which is why we sell so many to people buying grand pianos."
"Le Ballet Mecanique," by American composer George Antheil (1900-1959), was originally written in 1924 for 16 roll-playing pianos. 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. The computer-driven installation of the work at the National Gallery will be designed and installed by Paul D. Lehrman of Tufts University and Eric Singer of the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots.
When conceived, roll-playing pianos were cutting-edge technology. The QRS Pianomation® MIDI system was the first product of its kind to "marry" analog and digital technology, making it possible to turn any piano into a reproducing player piano. Today, the technology continues to evolve. At the most recent NAMM show QRS introduced DVD SyncAlong(TM) technology that enables Pianomation® player owners to synchronize performances on their player piano with concert DVDs of popular artists such as Diana Krall, Nora Jones and Billy Joel.
National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art, located in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Ave. NW, is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. For information call 202-737-4215 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at 202-842-6176, or visit the Gallery's Web site at www.nga.gov. For more information about the Gallery, the Dada exhibition, and the performance of "Le Ballet Mecanique," visit www.nga.gov.
The National Gallery of Art, one of the world's preeminent museums, was created for the people of the United States of America by a joint resolution of Congress accepting the gift of financier, public servant, and art collector Andrew W. Mellon in 1937, the year of his death. The Gallery's collection of some 106,000 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and decorative arts traces the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present.