A piano with microtones

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

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

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

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