From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
re the Zenph processes. It seems they are gaining ground, i.e. they are able
to extract information from several simultaneously sounding sources and to re-
synthesize them (in some instances) and to convert them to physical sound
sources. Now, as to ambience or "acoustic" -- why can't they simulate
acoustics after the event the same that is done with other modern recordings?
Getting back to a drier acoustic of older times would certainly be possible.
And I think that they ought to be very careful about the choice of piano as
well as its temperament.
I have a large number of approaches for objectively testing the quality of
their work, but I do not have the time to go into that. And possibly
everybody else is going for a subjective experience anyway.
I have just read a very sobering book that I think will inspire and inform
many piano performance listeners. It is Kenneth Hamilton: "After the Golden
Age". Romantic Pianism and Modern Performance", Oxford University Press 2008.
He is a performer, likes to read original sources (in German as well) and has
listened to a lot of historical piano recordings and is able to put them in
context. His book is so absorbing that I tend to forgive him for a somwhat
cavalier access to the piano recordings. You do not need to be able to read
music, but it helps.
Among other things it makes you reflect on "what am I hearing?" as "versions"
and/or "interpretations" go.
Karl Miller wrote:
> --- On Wed, 12/29/10, Don Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> A real pianist would adjust his playing to suit the piano and the room
> I agree that this is a way to extract a piano roll from a recording.
> And I agree completely with both points. In the early stages of Zenph's
> attempts, they sent me a realization of a piece played by Cortot. I noticed
> that the "acoustic" of their realization was not the same at the original.
> He probably would have played it differently had he recorded in the room
> where their realization was done.
> For me, restoration is an art, not unlike the interpretation of music.