13-year-old Indonesian jazz prodigy lives up to the hype

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Joey Alexander picked up jazz at six, dedicated his childhood to jazz at 8, and won a major international competition at 9. Here he is playing City Lights from his latest album. Read the rest

Classic mobile phone ringtones arranged for piano

"Famous Cellphone Ringtones Played On The Piano (Tony Ann Arrangement)."

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Wrong notes and syntax errors: The joy of improv in music and code

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What can thinking like musicians teach us about game-making?

Documentary about incredible boogie-woogie piano player James Booker

One of my first posts to the Boing Boing blog, back in 2001, was about the incredible (and incredibly eccentric) boogie-woogie piano player James Booker (1939-1983). Dr. John once described Booker as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” I'm crazy excited to check out this new feature documentary film about Booker titled "Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker." Its official world premier is next month at SXSW but I hope to catch it this Friday night as part of San Francisco's Noise Pop festival!

And if you're not hip to Booker, I highly recommend starting with his live recording "Spiders on the Keys." Read the rest

Making of a grand piano

Lovely and informative video about the Making of a Steinway Piano. This bit of background adds to the magic:

…Many parts of the process in building a Steinway have remained essentially unchanged for generations. So much so, that we were able to take decades-old audio from a narrated factory tour by the late John H. Steinway (great-grandson of Henry E. Steinway, who founded our great company in 1853) and use it as the narration for footage shot at the Steinway NY factory in 2011 by Ben Niles, producer of the documentary film "Note by Note."
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