A piano with microtones

A piano with microtones


norman lebrecht

June 17, 2016

I am listening to the first release on Geoffrey Smith’s ‘fluid piano’, an instrument that contains tuning mechanisms that can be operated by the player to produce tonalities used in non-western cultures.

It ticked the boxes of Arts Council England, which paid for its development.

The first release is of Indian ragas.

I’m loving it.

fluid piano


  • Will Duffay says:

    What about tuning mechanisms – temperaments – which *were* used in western music: can it do those?

    • John Borstlap says:

      It seems: yes, of course – you just adjust the strings with the mechanism when you know the tuning mode.

  • Dan says:

    The video is from 2009, wonder what happened to the project?