Re: Le mat?riau Sonore, hidden place

Subject: Re: Le mat?riau Sonore, hidden place
From: Michael Gogins (
Date: Fri Sep 16 2005 - 23:50:03 EDT

While I agree that a simulation of the grand piano that can fool educated ears is not likely anytime soon, I thinnk that a simlation that is musically useful -- and I mean for educated ears and taste -- for rendering piano music is probably likely fairly soon.

Again, check out Aeolus.


-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Wentk <>
Sent: Sep 16, 2005 6:41 PM
Subject: Re: Le mat?riau Sonore, hidden place

At 14:45 16/09/2005, you wrote:
>Until recently, computers have not been fast enough to simulate the
>complexity of the grand piano.
>This will change. A Linux cluster should now be capable of modelling all
>the strings, the soundboard, and some of the hammer striking sounds, and
>of course the recital hall -- not in real time of course, but in a usable
>time. Probably do several live notes per workstation in the cluster, or
>something like that.

Yes, but you'll get a simulation put together by engineers that sounds like
a rabid marmoset rattling around inside a bag of spanners.

They'll doubtless still pat themselves on the back about how clever they
are. Meanwhile the output may be close to a piano, but it won't be close to
a *good* piano. Which should really be the object of the exercise in the
first place. ;)


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