Old but awesome: The YouTube piano

January 8, 2010 at 6:09 am (Uncategorized)

The YouTube Piano uses YouTube’s timed annotations to play notes from the video’s timeline.

(Credit: CNET)

This is nowhere near as cool as that Nintendo Wario game ad/video hybrid, or the Honda headlight ad/video that surfaced on Vimeo last year. But it is more useful than both of them combined.

Meet the YouTube piano, a video of piano notes that has on-screen annotations that skip to that particular part of the video and thus the corresponding note. In practice, you could play a song, as some YouTube commenters have done with deep-linked comments. But to be honest, it can’t (and won’t) sound close to the real thing.

Still, this is about the only useful–and non-annoying use of on-screen YouTube annotations I’ve seen in a long time. Kudos to its creators, Adam Ben Ezra, Guy Dayan, and Daniel Barak, who run an entire channel of other, similar-functioning instruments. These include a pipe organ, electric guitar, and shaker.

I’m still holding out for a banjo version, so I can strum a little Deliverance.

Posted via web from HoosierDiva’s Raves & Rants


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