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AI-Assisted Piano Allows Disabled Musicians to Perform Beethoven

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musician with a disability performing at Suntory Hall

Three musicians with disabilities performed with the Yokohama Sinfonietta at the 2023 Christmas concert at Suntory Hall.

The "Anybody's Piano" tracks notes of music and augments players’ performances by adding whatever keystrokes are needed but not pressed.

At a recent performance in Tokyo, Kiwa Usami, who has cerebral palsy, was one of three musicians with disabilities performing Symphony No. 9 with the AI-powered piano. Usami helped inspire the instrument. Her dedication to practicing with one finger prompted her teachers to work with Japanese music giant Yamaha.

The result of the collaboration was a revised version of Yamaha's auto-playing piano, which was released in 2015.

From Japan Today
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