Registration is now open for the 2nd Global Piano Roll Meeting which will take place as an international conference in Switzerland at the Hochschule der Künste Bern and the Museum für Musikautomaten Seewen June 6-8, 2020. See this page to register: https://tinyurl.com/y64senbf<https://eventfrog.ch/de/p/kurse-seminare/musik-tanz/2nd-global-piano-roll-meeting-6579355486007628525.html>. Information about the Meeting is at http://www.hkb-interpretation.ch/2nd-global-piano-roll-meeting.html. The conference will include papers, presentations, and performances and be conducted in English. It aims to be an international forum for enthusiasts and professionals working with paper rolls and pneumatic roll playing instruments. Virtual participation is also planned.
Music rolls and pneumatic instruments are a vital part of the history of recording and mechanical music. They provide a rich window into the technological, musical, cultural and economic history of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Recent projects to preserve rolls by scanning and digitization have sparked a wider interest in the field. This has allowed for technical studies of rolls, which are an early digital record of music-making. Archival documents are also yielding insights into the business and technology of roll manufacturing. These are among the many diverse topics that have brought individuals together from around the world to share their work with rolls.
Proposals (maximum 350 words) for papers, presentations or lecture-recitals must be received by 1 November 2019. Topical areas may include but are not limited to the historical study of piano and organ rolls, pneumatic instruments, roll manufacturing, archival preservation and access, performance studies utilizing rolls, and descriptive/ investigative work with collections.
Slots are of either 30 minutes (20' presentation + 10' discussion) or 45' (30' + 15'), the final decision on the length of each paper stays with the organizers. Lecture-recitals will generally be 45 minutes. Proposals should be sent to [log in to unmask]
The program will be designed around responses and paper proposals that are received. The goal is to focus on new topics, findings and research rather than repeating presentations given at past conferences.
Possible topics and/or panels include:
· Welte, Hupfeld, Philipps, Ampico, Duo-Art research
· 88 note rolls: national/popular music
· Instrument mechanism/restoration
· Performance practice studies
Possible Working Meetings:
· Scanning/managing collections
· Global roll/instrument database
Participants who have indicated already that they will attend include:
· Esther Burgos-Bordonau (Madrid, Spain)
· Herman Gottschewski (Tokyo)
· Birgit Heise (Germany, Hupfeld)
· Neal Peres da Costa (Sydney, AUS)
· Joshua Rapier (Los Angeles, USA)
· Hans-W. Schmitz (Germany, Welte)
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