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At the Metropolitan Museum of Art is an example of the first 88-key piano model built by Steinway & Sons in 1868, its rosewood case containing an inventive cast-iron frame held aloft by three ornate legs.

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Digitizing braille music isn’t as easy as just scanning the page. The tactile notations require multiple steps for accurate transcription, and their history of touch means the dots are sometimes smashed or otherwise unreadable.

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Post image for A Hands-On Experience with Harry Bertoia’s Sonic Sculptures

After his death in 1978, Harry Bertoia was interred beneath one of his most impressive sonic works: a 2,000-pound, 10-foot-in-diameter silicon bronze gong.

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NEW ORLEANS — Towering pecans and live oaks shade a far corner of New Orlean’s Bywater neighborhood which will soon be the permanent home of the Music Box Village, an installation of musical architecture organized by the New Orleans Airlift nonprofit.

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Violinist Camilla Urso “stood on the stage like a statue on fire,” in the words of writer Theodore Tilton.

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An Opera of Love Songs to Science

by Allison Meier on April 14, 2016

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“Maybe there’s a physicist sitting right beside you, who can explain this better than we do, but we’re in the business of art, so we’ll make a metaphor,” sings Hai-Ting Chinn in Science Fair: An Opera With Experiments.

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When French colonial forces pulled out of Guinea following its declaration of independence in 1958, they notoriously even took the lightbulbs.

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Playing with Time on a Gilded Age Piano

by Allison Meier on February 12, 2016

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George A. Schastey had one of the most popular design firms among New York City’s Gilded Age elite, but now his work is barely known.

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With hair flying and faces contorted in expressions between joy and agony, the heavy metal fans captured by Danish photographer Jacob Ehrbahn are a frenzy of movement in saturated color.

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Dancing Around the Issue of Surveillance

by Allison Meier on November 23, 2015

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Audiences entering the black box space of BAM Fisher in Brooklyn for More up a Tree found a transparent room containing a man sprawled on his back, and a woman nervously pacing.

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