Welcome to pianola.co.nz! Here you can listen to the performances of the great pianists and arrangers of the past, converted from the original player piano rolls to modern MIDI format!
Now, over 100 years after the player piano was invented, time has taken its toll on the paper music rolls. Thanks to the dedication of enthusiasts worldwide, the technology now exists to preserve this wonderful music for all time, using custom-built optical scanners and software. What you hear on your computer is exactly what was recorded or arranged onto roll, in many cases over 90 years ago.
I've made these scanned piano rolls available for all to download and listen to, free of charge.
All I request in return is that, if you enjoy the music, you
sign my guestbook
and let me know.
To start listening, click the 'Piano Roll MIDI scans' link on the menu at the top of the page. Other interesting parts of the site include the Piano Roll Artists page, where you can read biographical details about some of the pianists who made the rolls. Want to watch the piano keys move on your screen as the music plays, just like a real player piano, while viewing the full details of each rollscan? Click here to download the best MIDI player in the world - and it's free!
Enjoy the music!
2011-10-26: Biography of early QRS artist Harold Ivers added.
2011-09-30: 100 more rollscans added - as always, see lower on this page for the listing.
2011-09-29: The Gordon Raspin scan zip is updated to fix corrupt files - please re-download.
2011-06-05: Biography added of Columbia/Supertone artist Gladys Bagwill
2011-06-04: 110 new rollscans added (see below), plus over a thousand scans from Gordon Raspin available for download (11Mb ZIP file)
2011-03-06: Zip file containing all 2010 scans now available for download!
2010-02-07: First zipfile from the Erik York collection available for download - the files within will be progressively added to the main database.
To search or listen to the complete archive of over 2000 scanned piano rolls, visit the Piano Roll MIDI Scans page. Below, you'll find a small selection of my latest scans.