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50 Punchy Piano Innovations

From Steinways to Synthesizers, The Instrument is Dynamic

— May 14, 2012 — Pop Culture
The first piano innovations were not very well received. In fact, upon playing an early version of the instrument, the master composer Johann Sebastian Bach found it lacking and amateurish. Granted, in its early forms, the piano was not nearly as well developed as it is now, but this is still humble beginning for one of the world's most successful and popular instruments.

No other instrument can claim to have the same musical breadth and depth as the piano. It allows for lush harmonies that are simply not possible or impractical to play on other instruments. One can overlay chords with melodies that span an entire seven octaves -- more than almost any other instrument. Even those instruments -- harpsichords, claviers, organs -- that have the same harmonic capabilities and pitch range as a piano do not allow for nearly the same nuance and finesse when it comes to dynamics. A skilled pianist can play a pieces ranging from the most faint pianissimo to the boldest fortissimo.

Yet beyond it's musical capabilities, the piano is a supremely elegant instrument. It is such beauty that has inspired the innovations featured here.
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Presidential Speech Instruments
Presidential Speech Instruments
Combine the President's Famous Words with the Obama Board
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Interactive Musical Blocks
Interactive Musical Blocks
The Barcode Piano Teaches Mixed Complexities Through Music
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DIY Electro-Laster Instruments
DIY Electro-Laster Instruments
The Mini IR Theremin Makes Music by a Simple Wave of the Hand
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Classic Rock Instrument Tributes
Classic Rock Instrument Tributes
The John Lennon Imagine Piano Celebrates 70 Years Of Lennon
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Clickable Musical Instruments
Clickable Musical Instruments
'Play the Piano' is an Interactive Keyboard on YouTube Made for Jamm
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High-Tech Digital Pianos
High-Tech Digital Pianos
Ion Audio's Concert Piano is a Multi-Featured Next-Gen Instrument
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Soundless Pianos
Soundless Pianos
Beyond Silence Uses Vibrations to Let the Deaf Enjoy the Music They Make
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Flowery Realist Paintings
Flowery Realist Paintings
Dane Lovett Uses Wildlife for This Lifelike Artwork
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Tablet Keyboard Tutors
Tablet Keyboard Tutors
Teach Yourself How to Play With the Ion Piano Apprentice
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Robotic Piano Teachers
Robotic Piano Teachers
Concert Hands Makes for Easy DIY Piano Instruction
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Sci-Fi Instrumental Standoffs
Sci-Fi Instrumental Standoffs
'Cello Wars' Epically Parodies George Lucas' Pop Culture Phenomenon
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Piano Pieces Seating
Piano Pieces Seating
Tatum's Lounge by Andrew Rumpler is for the Musician in Us
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Retro Keyboard Remixing
Retro Keyboard Remixing
Classic 80's Hits Interpreted for Ragtime Piano by Scott Bradlee
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Streetside Serenades
Streetside Serenades
The Sing London Festival Lets Passersby Make Music
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Career Crushing Campaigns
Career Crushing Campaigns
The Job.ru Print Ads Give Sound Advice
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Humanized Squirrel Captures
Humanized Squirrel Captures
Kathy Pruyn Shoots a Squirrel Playing Piano and Basketball
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Eco-Friendly Instruments
Eco-Friendly Instruments
Walden Pond Wood Piano
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Crystal Encrusted Baby Grands
Crystal Encrusted Baby Grands
The Crystalrock Piano is for the Deep-Pocketed Piano Man
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Flaming Instruments
Flaming Instruments
Man Plays Burning Piano
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Instruments Inspire Architecture
Instruments Inspire Architecture
Chinese Design
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Possessed Pianos
Possessed Pianos
This Musical Robot by Peter Ablinger Can Give Speeches
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Typewriter Pianos
Typewriter Pianos
Fabien Cappello Turns Retro Typewriters Into Music-Makers
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Gaudy Luxury Instruments
Gaudy Luxury Instruments
The Kuhn-Bosendorfer Piano
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Piano-Shaped Dressing Tables
Piano-Shaped Dressing Tables
Marly Gommans 'Dressed Wood' is a Perfect Place to Primp
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Vibrantly Flowered Instruments
Vibrantly Flowered Instruments
Steinway Limited-Edition Lilly Pulitzer Piano
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Multi-Purpose Musical Instruments
Multi-Purpose Musical Instruments
The Transformer Grand Piano is a Dual-Purpose Design
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Feline Purr-Formers
Feline Purr-Formers
Nora the Piano Cat Listens, Learns and Loves Music
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Musical Security Pieces
Musical Security Pieces
Music Lock by Hao Hua is Inspired by the Piano
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Pure Gold Instruments
Pure Gold Instruments
Neko: The $24,000 Sound of Music
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Turn Your iPhone Into A Piano
Turn Your iPhone Into A Piano
iAno
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Itty-Bitty Grand Pianos
Itty-Bitty Grand Pianos
The Schoenhut Pro Baby Grand Piano Fosters Baby Beethovens
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Wireless Touch-Screen Piano
Wireless Touch-Screen Piano
Yamaha Disklavier Mark IV
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Suspended Button Sculptures
Suspended Button Sculptures
Augusto Esquivel Visited Grandmothers' Sewing Boxes for Inspiration
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Roll-Out Pianos
Roll-Out Pianos
The Piano Silhouette MP3 Player Lets You Play Along on the Go
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Touch-Screen Slider Pianos
Touch-Screen Slider Pianos
The iPiano Concept is a Dream For Apple Addicts
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Flat-Pack Pianos
Flat-Pack Pianos
The Foldable Digital Grand Makes Transporting the Massive Instruments Easier
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Piano-Shaped Turntables
Piano-Shaped Turntables
The Horo WJE168 is a Tunable Instrument that Fiddles with Records
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Musical Subway Stairs
Musical Subway Stairs
Piano Stairs Encourage People to Get Some Exercise
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High Performance Pianos
High Performance Pianos
Audi Designs Grand Piano for 100th Anniversary
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Pianos That Literally Rock
Pianos That Literally Rock
The Chichi
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Illuminated Glamstruments
Illuminated Glamstruments
Gary Pons Etched Altuglass Pianos For Sheer Music Madness
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Whale-Inspired Pianos
Whale-Inspired Pianos
The Whaletone Lets You Play the Songs of the Sea
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Grandest Piano Of Them All
Grandest Piano Of Them All
Schimmel Pegasus Piano
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Piano Sketchpads
Piano Sketchpads
Yamaha Studio Keyboard Book
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Crochet Grand Pianos
Crochet Grand Pianos
Joana Vasconcelos Creates Intricate Macrame Folk Art
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Creative Doorbells
Creative Doorbells
The Pianobell
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Piano Part Art
Piano Part Art
'Encore! Reclaim the Sound' Event Transforms Piano Parts into Art
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Piano-Perching Lingerie Ads
Piano-Perching Lingerie Ads
Luisana Lopilato Stars in Ultimo Lingerie Christmas 2011 Campaign
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Super Eccentric Instruments
Super Eccentric Instruments
Schimmel Grand Paino-Pegasus is in Tune With Modern Architecture
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Keyboard Shelves
Keyboard Shelves
Foldable Display Art For Book Loving Piano Buffs
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