Technological Impact on Sheet Music and U.S. Copyright Law

In the United States, if you have a piece of sheet music that is copyrighted literally 75 years ago or more, that sheet music is in public domain, meaning you could photocopy it and even sell the photocopies for $1,000 per copy without having to worry about being sued.

When copyrights are violated, publishing companies can easily detect the violation if contemporary music is involved, whether it’s a theme song from Lord of the Rings or a late work Continue reading

Studies Addressing Piano Voodoo of Tone Production

In July 2010, I wrote about The Piano Voodoo of Tone Production, which demonstrates that pianists cannot control timbre of a single note independently of volume because of the physics of piano escapement/letoff.  There are those who claim we can control the tone of a note without changing its volume, and some of these claims are made in a scientific manner.  The studies I discuss below are not necessarily for or against these claims, but rather investigations of any possible science behind it.  There are many other related studies Continue reading