Pianoply is colorcoded karaoke for piano. In your browser, free. It layers gorgeous graphics as well as sounds right on top of the original YouTube music videos for the songs you love. Users supply the MIDI "piano rolls" for songs, which they can create and edit right in the app. The app is very interactive and talks to your MIDI piano, unlike all the zillions of "piano tutorials" on Youtube.
Above is a short intro, but if you'd rather just read about it (until you can make it back to your computer or to somewhere you can turn up the volume), read on. Also, scroll down for a whole bunch of links to complete songs that you can play along with right now, if you have an electronic piano attached. (first you'll want to read the first couple items in the FAQ though). Or, go to the grid (computer only for now...not for mobile devices yet, sorry!).
(part 1, the essentials)
How do I play songs on Pianoply?
You simply connect a digital piano or MIDI controller to your computer (or fast Android smartphone or tablet), and click on any links to songs below. Currently only Chrome supports MIDI devices, but we understand that Firefox and Safari will have support soon. Even without a piano connected, you can enjoy the songs using the overlaid graphics and sounds as a "music appreciation device."
Pianorolls, also known as MIDI sequences, are named for player piano rolls.
More songs will arrive soon, since users contribute the "pianorolls". It helps if you have colored stickers (or marks from washable markers) on the white keys of your piano, but it isn't necessary. The colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and pink, for C D E F G A B. There isn't a lot to learn to be able to play songs. Black keys are "striped" with the colors of the two adjacent white keys. That's pretty much it.
Anything else I need to know?
You should learn a few of the "keyboard shortcuts," which are handy for doing things like changing the instrument, toggling the piano display (photoreal vs. minimal), adjusting the volume of the video, adjusting the volume of the instrument, jumping around in a song, changing the speed, transposing, turning on and off note names (D# etc), and turning on and off "autoplay." Most of them are two letters (or a letter and a number), so for instance to jump to the 40% mark in the video, simply type "j" followed by "4". A menu is shown after the first letter, so to see all the "jump" commands, press "j" and you'll see this:
To adjust video volume, press "v" and a number. To adjust instrument volume, press "i" and a number. To change the instrument, press up and down arrow keys. To change the speed, press "s" and look at the menu choices. To toggle settings, press "t" and look at the options. One of the most important toggles is autoplay, which you turn on and off by pressing "t" then "a". If you want to see all the keyboard shortcuts, just press "k".
Please note that keyboard shortcuts aren't going to work on a tablet unless you have a bluetooth keyboard. The first version of Pianoply is optimized for a computer rather than a touch screen device. We're working on it and intend to have full touchscreen support in the not so distant future.
Here's a short video showing the basic keyboard shortcuts:
that you can play right now...
Over the Rainbow
Judy Garland (Dorothy) sings "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", in the classic 1939 movie Wizard of Oz. Terry the Cairn Terrier appears as Toto.
The Beatles - Don't Let Me Down
Song by the English rock band the Beatles (with Billy Preston), here performed during their rooftop concert of January 30, 1969. The song was written by John Lennon as an anguished love song to Yoko Ono.
Conan Gray - Lookalike (Live Session)
But when you look in his eyes
Do you think of mine?
And when you look at that smile
Do I cross your mind?
I know in your head
You see me instead
'Cause he looks a lot like I did back then
Baby don't lie
He's just a lookalike
Ralph Breaks The Internet - Zero (Imagine Dragons)
Song by American rock band Imagine Dragons. It was released September 19, 2018, and is the second single from the band's fourth studio album Origins. The song is featured in the Disney animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Taylor Swift - You Need To Calm Down
Pop song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, released on June 14, 2019, as the second single off her upcoming seventh studio album, Lover. Swift addresses homophobia and her critics in the song.
Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure (Classic Queen Mix)
Rock song by the British rock band Queen and British singer David Bowie. Originally released as a single in October 1981, it was later included on Queen's 1982 album Hot Space. It was voted the second best collaboration of all time in a poll by Rolling Stone magazine.
Maroon 5 - Girls Like You ft. Cardi B
Pop rock song recorded by American band Maroon 5, from their sixth studio album Red Pill Blues (2017). A remix version featuring American rapper Cardi B was released as the album's third single on May 30, 2018.
DJ Snake - Taki Taki ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna, Cardi B
Reggaeton / Moombahton song by French DJ and record producer DJ Snake featuring vocals from Selena Gomez, Ozuna, and Cardi B. The song was released on 28 September 2018. The song reached number 1 in at least 15 countries.
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion (Official Music Video)
Folk rock / alternative song by the American band R.E.M, released as the first single from the group's 1991 album Out of Time. Built on a mandolin riff, "Losing My Religion" was an unlikely hit for the group, garnering extensive airplay on radio as well as on MTV and VH1 due to its critically acclaimed music video.
Pharrell Williams - Happy (Official Music Video)
Uptempo soul / neo-soul song written, produced, and performed by American singer Pharrell Williams, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album. It also served as the lead single from Williams' second studio album, Girl (2014). It was first released on November 21, 2013, alongside a long-form music video.
Tom Petty - Free Fallin' (Official Music Video)
Opening track from Tom Petty's debut solo album, Full Moon Fever (1989). The song was written by Petty and his writing partner for the album, Jeff Lynne, and features Lynne on backing vocals and bass guitar.
One Direction - Story of My Life
Acoustic folktronica song recorded by English-Irish boy band One Direction. It was released on November 6, 2013. The lyrics speak of a tumultuous relationship leading to lament and heartbreak.
Selena Gomez - Fetish (Official Music Video) ft. Gucci Mane
Song by American singer Selena Gomez featuring guest vocals from American rapper Gucci Mane. The song was written by Gomez, Gucci Mane, and others. Contemporary music critics praised the song, highlighting its experimental nature as well as Gomez's vocals and subsequent artistic growth.
Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott - A Whole New World (From "Aladdin")
2019 version of the song from the animated feature film Aladdin, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. A duet originally recorded by singers Brad Kane and Lea Salonga in their respective roles as the singing voices of the main characters Aladdin and Jasmine, the ballad serves as both the film's love and theme song.
The Little Mermaid - Under the Sea (Official Video)
Calypso / reggae show tune from Disney's 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and based on the song "The Beautiful Briny" from the 1971 film Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Performed by Samuel E. Wright who played Sebastian the crab.
P!nk - Walk Me Home (Official Video)
Pop song recorded by American singer P!nk for her eighth studio album, Hurts 2B Human (2019). It has been described as a a "foot-stomping anthem" and an "optimistic departure" for P!nk.
Khalid - Better (Official Video)
R&B song by American singer Khalid. It was first released as the lead single from Khalid's debut EP, Suncity, on September 14, 2018
Idle Town - Conan Gray [ Original Song ]
Growing up in the small-town retirement community of Georgetown, Texas, Conan Gray had a lot of time on his hands to think. So, at age twelve, he began writing songs to kill some time. “I think every small-town kid is just really bored,” says Conan. “And I was just a lonely, bored kid.” (republic records)
Pocahontas | Colors of the Wind | Disney Sing-Along
Pop ballad written by lyricist Stephen Schwartz and composer Alan Menken for the 1995 Disney animated feature film Pocahontas. The film's theme song, "Colors of the Wind" was performed by American singer and actress Judy Kuhn in her role as the singing voice of Pocahontas.
Ariana Grande - the light is coming ft. Nicki Minaj
Song by American singer Ariana Grande, featuring American rapper Nicki Minaj. Both artists co-wrote the song with its producer Pharrell Williams. It was released on June 20, 2018, as the first promotional single from Grande's fourth studio album, Sweetener.
Daft Punk - Get Lucky (Full Video)
Disco song by French house music duo Daft Punk, featuring vocals by Pharrell Williams and co-written by the duo, Williams, and Nile Rodgers. It is the lead single from Daft Punk's fourth studio album, Random Access Memories.
Pharrell Williams - Freedom (Video)
Indie pop song by Pharrell Williams which was released on June 30, 2015, and included on the soundtrack album of the film Despicable Me 3. Its music video was nominated for Best Music Video at 58th Grammy Awards.
Imagine Dragons - Believer
Rock song by American rock band Imagine Dragons. The song was released on February 1, 2017 as the lead single from the band's third studio album, Evolve.
Taylor Swift - Gorgeous (Lyric Video)
Song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her sixth studio album, Reputation. It was released on October 20, 2017, as a promotional single from the album.
Sabrina Carpenter - Sue Me
Song recorded by American singer Sabrina Carpenter from her third studio album Singular: Act I (2018). The track was written by Sabrina Carpenter and Steph Jones. Lyrically, "Sue Me" is about the relief of being out of a bad relationship and challenging someone to stop them for living their best life.
FINNEAS - Break My Heart Again
On his latest single, FINNEAS (née Finneas O’Connell) details the breakdown of a relationship haunted by miscommunication – and the difficulty of letting go of something you hold dear. (atwood magazine)
Lil Nas X - Panini (Official Audio)
Lil Nas X apparently has no plans to ride off into the sunset anytime soon. Fresh off the chart-topping, if controversial success of "Old Town Road," the viral sensation on Thursday (6/20/19) released a new single, "Panini." (theroot.com)
Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello - Señorita
Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes have shared a new collaborative song "Señorita," following the pair's 2015’s hit "I Know What You Did Last Summer." Released June 21, 2019.
Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
Pop song written by American songwriters Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. It was both the title track and the first single released from American singer Cyndi Lauper's second album. It was the only original song on the album that Lauper did not help write."True Colors" spent two weeks in the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
BIG PLANS - Why Don't We [Official Music Video]
Work all day, work all night
Might not get no sleep tonight
Baby can you stay up?
We could talk, we could dance
Don't matter the circumstance
We don't let it change us
Mabel - Mad Love
Mabel has shared her bold new single 'Mad Love' - tune in now. The soaring pop newcomer is nailing hit after hit, with her debut album 'High Expectations' set to land this summer. (clashmusic.com, 7/6/19)
Bishop Briggs - River (Official Music Video)
Bishop Briggs' single "River" easily gets stuck in your head. Not because it has a superficial melody or a campy hook, but because the sound smacks you right in the face. It starts off with a whipping percussion and transitions into an explosive chorus highlighting Briggs's fierce, soulful-rocker vocals. (Harper's Bazaar)
Sabrina Carpenter - Exhale
Sabrina Carpenter Carpenter sings this sparse and meditative ballad in a wide open field surrounded by mountains and hills. Released May 2019.
Alessia Cara - Out Of Love
"Out of Love" is a song recorded by Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara. Def Jam Recordings serviced it to contemporary hit radio on January 29, 2019, as the third single from Cara's second studio album The Pains of Growing
Justin Timberlake - Man of the Woods (Official Video)
Song recorded by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake for his fifth studio album Man of the Woods (2018). It was written by Timberlake, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, and produced by the latter two as The Neptunes with additional production from Timberlake. The song's music video was released on February 2, 2018.
Jonas Brothers - Sucker
Song by American pop rock group Jonas Brothers. The song, released on March 1, 2019, through Republic Records, is the group's first single together in six years.
Madison Beer - Dear Society
Sleepless nights and cigarettes, my daily dose of internet, and all the things I should have quit but never did (ohhh)
Evil voices in my head, I woke up in a stranger’s bed, I lost my phone in Amsterdam, its 5am,
Butterflies - Gabbie Hanna (Official Video)
I knew who you were from the start
I just hoped you'd prove me wrong
I could spend all year just letting down my guard
While you're stringing me along
Gave it our best shot but we just missed the mark
Sad to say, our love is gone
I could spend all day just picking you apart
But instead I'll write a song
New Hope Club - Love Again
2019 release by New Hope Club, a British pop trio formed in 2015 and consisting of Reece Bibby, Blake Richardson, and George Smith.
Zedd, Katy Perry - 365 (Official)
Dance pop song by Russian-German music producer Zedd and American singer Katy Perry. It was released on February 14, 2019 along with its music video, directed by Warren Fu.
Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved
Song by Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi, which topped the UK charts for 7 weeks. The video stars Capaldi's relative Peter Capaldi.
LSD - Thunderclouds ft. Sia, Diplo, Labrinth
Thunderclouds is a song by pop music group LSD. The song was released on 9 August 2018, and marks the group's third release, following "Genius" and "Audio". Maddie Ziegler is featured in the "super trippy" video.
Rolling Stones - She's a Rainbow
Featured on the 1967 album Their Satanic Majesties Request, She's a Rainbow has been called "the prettiest and most uncharacteristic song" that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote for the Stones, although somewhat ambiguous in intention.
Sia - Chandelier
Sia's official music video for 'Chandelier'. Click to listen to Sia on Spotify: featured on 1000 Forms Of Fear. Click to buy the track or album via iTunes: Play: from SiaBig Gi
Ava Max - So Am I [Official Music Video]
"Bouncy, pop-heavy anthem" by American singer Ava Max, released on March 7, 2019, as the second single from her upcoming debut studio album. Max has said the song is about what makes people unique and different from each other
Sasha Sloan - Older (Official Lyric Video)
On Instagram, 23-year-old singer and songwriter Sasha Sloan is @sadgirlsloan. Her two EPs are titled Sad Girl and Loser. Before she dropped the latter at the end of November, she posted a steely selfie with the caption, "my ep comes out in less than a week i hope it doesn't suck lol." (mtv.com)
LSD (ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo) - Mountains
Song by pop music group LSD, described by DJ Mag as "electronic pop goodness." The song was released on 1 November 2018, and marks the group's fourth release, following "Genius", "Audio", and "Thunderclouds."
Ariana Grande - no tears left to cry
Dance pop song by American singer Ariana Grande serving as the lead single for her fourth studio album, Sweetener. Written by Grande, Savan Kotecha and its producers Max Martin and Ilya, it was released by Republic Records as the album's lead single on April 20, 2018
Billie Eilish - bad guy
Pop-trap song by American singer Billie Eilish, released on March 29, 2019. The song serves as the fifth single from Eilish's debut album.
Imagine Dragons - West Coast (Lyrics)
Imagine Dragons get folksy. One more day we'll spend together
Lay your eyes, look up upon me for the better
Oh, I know I'm worse for weather
But my love, I won't give up
Spend my days cursing my soul
Wishing I could paint my scars and make me whole
Oh, I know I could be better
But my love, I won't give up
Ruel - Painkiller (Official Video)
Song recorded by Australian singer-songwriter Ruel. The song was released on April 30, 2019 as the lead single from his forthcoming second EP. The song sees Ruel again working with producer M-Phazes and songwriter Sarah Aarons.
Zhavia - 17 (Official Video)
"17 is a song that I wrote about my life story, and how I got to where I am right now,” Zhavia says. The track details hardships such as a lack of resources to thrive in her childhood home and staying in a motel in order to accomplish her musical goals. (vibe.com)
Post Malone, Swae Lee - Sunflower
Song performed by American rappers Post Malone and Swae Lee for the soundtrack to the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The song was released as a single on October 18, 2018.
Noisestorm - Crab Rave
Crab Rave was initially released as a small April Fool's Day joke, although it soon gained popularity after becoming an internet meme due to the music video's uplifting theme and dancing crabs.
Imagine Dragons - Bad Liar
Song by American rock band Imagine Dragons. It was released as the fourth single off their album Origins.
Clean Bandit ft Marina & Luis Fonsi - Baby
Song by British electronic music group Clean Bandit featuring Welsh singer Marina and Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, released as the sixth single from Clean Bandit's second album, What Is Love?, on 2 November 2018. "Baby" will be included on Marina's upcoming fourth studio album, Love + Fear.
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop the Feeling!
Uptempo disco-pop, soul-pop number with funk influences song recorded by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake for the soundtrack to the film Trolls (2016), for which he served as the executive music producer. It was written and produced by Timberlake, Max Martin, and Shellback.
Ellie Goulding, Diplo, Swae Lee - Close To Me
Song by English singer Ellie Goulding and American record producer Diplo featuring American singer Swae Lee, released on 24 October 2018. It was premiered by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 as the "Hottest Record in the World".
George Ezra - Shotgun
Song by English singer-songwriter George Ezra. The song was written by Ezra and Joel Pott and produced by Cam Blackwood. It was released as a digital download on 18 May 2018, as the third single from Ezra's second studio album Staying at Tamara's.
Halsey - Without Me
Song recorded by American singer Halsey. Halsey wrote the song with Edei, Brittany Amaradio, Amy Allen, and Louis Bell; while production was handled by Bell and Dylan Bauld. It interpolates Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River" with Timberlake, Timbaland and Scott Storch credited as co-writers
Alan Walker ft. Noah Cyrus - All Falls Down
Electropop song by Norwegian record producer and DJ Alan Walker, featuring American singer Noah Cyrus and British DJ and record producer Digital Farm Animals. Released October 26, 2017.
Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
Co-written by Swift and Liz Rose and produced by Nathan Chapman with Swift's aid. It was released on April 18, 2009, as the third single from Swift's second studio album, Fearless. Swift was inspired to write "You Belong with Me" after overhearing a male friend of hers arguing with his girlfriend through a phone call; she continued to develop a story line afterward. The song contains many pop music elements and its lyrics have Swift desiring an out-of-reach love interest.
Ariana Grande - thank u, next
Song by American singer Ariana Grande released as the lead single from her upcoming fifth studio album of the same name. The lyrics mention some of Grande's past relationships, including Big Sean, Mac Miller, Pete Davidson, and Ricky Alvarez (her former backup dancer).
Sia - Cheap Thrills
Reggae-tinged synth-pop song by Australian singer Sia from her seventh studio album, This Is Acting (2016). It was written by Sia and Greg Kurstin, while solely produced by Kurstin. Maddie Zeigler dances with dancing with Wyatt Rocker and Nick Lanzisera to Ryan Heffington's choreography
Kygo & Imagine Dragons - Born To Be Yours
Rock song written and performed by Norwegian music producer Kygo and American band Imagine Dragons. Produced by Kygo, it was released by Sony and Ultra Music on 15 June 2018
Taylor Swift - Wildest Dreams
Check out Taylor's new video "Wildest Dreams". "Wildest Dreams" is Available Now on her multi-platinum release 1989 on iTunes or Google Play: href=" class=" yt-uix-servicelink "
Ylvis - What Does the Fox Say?
Electronic dance novelty song and viral video by Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis. The top trending video of 2013 on YouTube, "The Fox" was posted on the video-sharing website on 3 September 2013, and has received over 800 million views as of late 2018.
Taylor Swift - Delicate
Single by Taylor Swift from the album Reputation. Released March 12, 2018. An electropop love song with lyrics about "worrying how the guy she likes will like her for her and not worry about the media' perspective of her."
Alan Walker - Sing Me To Sleep ft. Iselin Solheim
Progressive house / electro house song by Norwegian record producer and DJ Alan Walker. Incorporating uncredited vocals provided by Norwegian recording artist Iselin Solheim, it was released commercially for digital consumption on 3 June 2016
P!nk - Just Give Me A Reason ft. Nate Ruess
Ssong recorded by American singer and songwriter Pink, featuring fun's lead singer Nate Ruess. The song was the third single from Pink's sixth studio album, The Truth About Love (2012). "Just Give Me a Reason" is a pop ballad about the desire to hold on to a relationship even when it appears to be breaking down.Jeff Bhasker assisted the artists in writing the song and is also the producer.
David Guetta & Sia - Flames
Pop song by French DJ and record producer David Guetta and Australian singer-songwriter Sia. The song was released on 22 March 2018, as the fourth single from Guetta's seventh studio album, 7 (2018).
Johann Pachelbel - Canon in D
The greatest music composition in the history of humanity. The music video, directed by Pachelbel himself, was played non-stop on MTV from September 7th to September 23rd 1987.
Train - Hey, Soul Sister
Train's official music video for 'Hey, Soul Sister'. Click to listen to Train on Spotify: featured on Train: The Collection. Click to buy the track or album via iTunes: Play: f
Alan Walker ft Iselin Solheim - Faded
Progressive house song by Norwegian record producer and DJ Alan Walker. Incorporating vocals provided by Norwegian recording artist Iselin Solheim, the single was released on December 3, 2015
Selena Gomez - Back To You
Song by American singer Selena Gomez. It was written by Amy Allen, Parrish Warrington, Micah Premnath, Diederik Van Elsas, and Gomez, while the production was handled by Trackside and Ian Kirkparick.
Sugarland ft Taylor Swift - Babe
Country song recorded by duo Sugarland, featuring guest vocals from American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It was originally written by Swift and Patrick Monahan of the band Train for Swift's fourth studio album, 2012's Red.
Imagine Dragons - Natural
Hard rock song by American band Imagine Dragons, whose members co-wrote the song with Justin Tranter and producers Mattman & Robin. It was released on July 17, 2018.
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, recorded for his second studio album, x (2014). It was written by Sheeran and Amy Wadge, and produced by frequent collaborator Jake Gosling. It was released in the US on 24 September 2014 as the album's third single.
Clean Bandit - Solo feat. Demi Lovato
Upbeat EDM song about self-love in spite of a heartbreak, by British electronic music band Clean Bandit, featuring guest vocals from American singer Demi Lovato and uncredited pitched vocals from Kamille. The song was released on 18 May 2018 by Atlantic Records.
Shakira - Try Everything
Recorded by Colombian singer Shakira for the 2016 Walt Disney film Zootopia, and written by Sia Furler, Tor Hermansen, and Mikkel Eriksen. In the film, it is featured as a song recorded by a singer named Gazelle (voiced by Shakira).
Alan Walker ft. Noonie Bao - Alone
Electronic dance song by Norwegian record producer and DJ Alan Walker. Incorporating uncredited vocals provided by Swedish recording artist Noonie Bao, it was released commercially for digital download on 2 December 2016.
Anna Kendrick - Sound of Silence (Trolls)
Simon & Garfunkel has never sounded so creepy, thanks to Anna Kendrick. The actress shows off her vocal chops in the upcoming animation Trolls, tackling 'The Sound of Silence.' However, it is probably as far away to the original you can imagine, resembling more an acid trip than a calm ballad.
Imagine Dragons - Demons
Song by American rock band Imagine Dragons. It was written by Imagine Dragons and Alex da Kid. The song appears on their debut studio album Night Visions. The lyrics portray the protagonist warning the significant other of his or her flaws.
Zac Efron and Zendaya - Rewrite the Stars
Song performed by Zac Efron and Zendaya for the film The Greatest Showman. The song sees Efron's character Phillip Carlyle, serenading Zendaya's character Anne Wheeler and trying to convince her that they're meant to be together, despite their differences. It was released on November 17, 2017
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
Watch Taylor's new video for "Blank Space". No animals, trees, automobiles or actors were harmed in the making of this video. Taylor's new release 1989 is Available Now on iTunes
Auli'i Cravalho - Live Your Story
Dreamers, creators, and believers — your personal theme song is here! "Live Your Story" is the all-new, original theme song for Dream Big, Princess, and it's exactly what we needed to hear today — and every day.
Five for Fighting - Superman
Five For Fighting official music video for 'Superman (It's Not Easy)'. Click to listen to Five For Fighting on Spotify: featured on America Town. Click to buy the track or album v
Alan Walker - The Spectre
Electro house song by Norwegian record producer and DJ Alan Walker, incorporating uncredited vocals provided by Norwegian songwriter and producer Jesper Borgen. It was composed by Borgen, Walker, Marcus Arnbekk, Mood Melodies and Lars Kristian Rosness.
Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper - Shallow
Song from the 2018 film A Star Is Born, performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. The song served as the first single from the film's soundtrack and was released on September 27, 2018. Written by Lady Gaga with Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt.
LSD - Genius ft. Labrinth, Sia and Diplo
Electronic/psychedelic/pop song by music group LSD. Written by Sia, Labrinth, Diplo and Jr Blender, the song was released on 3 May 2018 as the group's debut and lead single from their upcoming debut studio album, LSD.
The Beatles - Hey Jude
The Beatles 1 Video Collection is out now. Available on: Jude topped the charts in Britain for two weeks and for 9 weeks in America, where it became The Beatles longest-running No
Ed Sheeran - Photograph
Song recorded by the English singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran, for his second studio album, x (2014). Sheeran wrote the song with Snow Patrol member, Johnny McDaid, who had a piano loop from which the composition developed.
Bon Jovi - It's My Life
Rock song by American rock band Bon Jovi. It was released on May 23, 2000 as the lead single from their seventh studio album, Crush (2000). The song was written and produced by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Max Martin
Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
Taylor's new release 1989 is Available Now featuring the hit single "Shake It Off" and her latest single "Blank Space".
Katy Perry - Firework
Single by American singer Katy Perry from her third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). Perry co-wrote the song with Ester Dean and its producers StarGate and Sandy Vee. It is a dance-pop self-empowerment anthem with inspirational lyrics.
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
Pop song recorded by American singer and songwriter Christina Perri, and written by Perri and David Hodges, from the soundtrack to the movie Twilight: Breaking Dawn.
Katy Perry - Dark Horse ft. Juicy J
Trap / hip hop song recorded by American singer Katy Perry featuring rapper Juicy J. It was originally released on September 17, 2013, by Capitol Records as the first promotional single from Perry's fourth studio album, Prism
Alan Walker - Darkside (feat. Au/Ra and Tomine Harket)
We're not in love
We share no stories
Just something in your eyes
Don't be afraid
The shadows know me
Let's leave the world behind
Take me through the night
Fall into the dark side
We don't need the light
We'll live on the dark side
I see it
Let's feel it
While we're still young and fearless
Let go of the light
Fall in to the dark side
Fall in to the dark side
Give into the dark side
Let go of the light
Fall in to the dark side
Coldplay - Yellow
Get A Head Full Of Dreams now: iTunes Amazon Google Play CD (with exclusive holographic stickers) Vinyl (with exclusive holographic stickers) Follow Coldplay ~Website:
Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, released on August 24, 2017 by Big Machine Records as the lead single from her sixth studio album Reputation (2017). Swift wrote the song with her producer Jack Antonoff.
Force Theme - Star Wars
Iconic scene with Luke watching the binary sunset on Tatooine to John Williams' soaring theme
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
The first track Sheeran wrote for his third studio album ÷ (Divide). The song is a romantic ballad written about his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn, whom he knew from school and reconnected with when she was working in New York
Dwayne Johnson - You're Welcome (From Moana)
From Disney's 2016 feature film Moana. In the style of pattern rap, it is sung by Maui, and focuses on his various accomplishments as the 'hero of men' in South Pacific legend, but later turns out to be a diversion allowing him to steal Moana's boat to escape exile.
Avril Lavigne - Head Above Water
Pop-rock song recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne from her upcoming sixth studio album, Head Above Water (2019). It was written by Lavigne, Stephan Moccio, and Travis Clark; while being produced by Moccio. It has been described as a "powerful, spiritual epiphany detailing the Canadian singer's journey through her battle with Lyme disease."
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes - LBB
Little Baby Bum is a YouTube channel that specialises in 3D animation videos of both traditional nursery rhymes and their own original children's songs. London based Derek Holder teamed up with his wife to design videos that reflected classic nursery rhymes, with a modern aesthetic.
Katy Perry - Roar (Official)
Get "Roar" from Katy Perry's 'PRISM': music video for Katy Perry's "Roar" brought to you in Junglescope directed by Grady Hall & Mark Kudsi and produced by Javier Jimenez, Danny Lockwood, Patrick Nugent, Derek Johnson and Oualid Mouaness.
Adele - Someone Like You
Soul / pop song by English singer Adele. It was written by Adele and Dan Wilson for her second studio album, 21. It is the second single and final track on the album. The song was inspired by a broken relationship, and lyrically speaks of Adele's coming to terms with it.
Rachel Platten - Fight Song
Song recorded by American singer and songwriter Rachel Platten, released as a single by Columbia Records on February 19, 2015. Platten co-wrote the song with Dave Bassett.
Moon River - Audrey Hepburn
Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961. Lyrics: Moon River, wider than a mile, I'm crossing you in style some day. Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker, where ever you're going, I'm going your way
12345 Once I Caught a Fish Alive
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How do I submit/share a pianoroll for a music video?
It's pretty straightforward, however, right now we are requiring that people host their own pianoroll files either on their own server, or by simply putting it in a pastebin. It's both to assure you that "you own your own data," and because we are being careful regarding copyright issues. Note that you can even do short pianorolls that are not hosted, by creating long urls that contain all the information, and that you can easily paste into an email. There is currently a private beta that you should probably join if you want a bit more help with the process. (email rjbrown at gmail if you want to be in the beta) It will soon get easier, and tips and techniques will be published. However, for the next month or two, I expect that most casual users will want to just play along with existing songs rather than create their own.
I found a piano tutorial on YouTube I'd like to bring into Pianoply. Is there any easy way to do that?
Yep, if the tutorial is done with Synthesia or a similar app, anyway. There is a really powerful tool for automatically "scraping" the MIDI data from these videos, and then synching them up perfectly with the original videos. Many of the newest songs are done this way, and you can see it does it with a great deal of precision. Check out this video that gives an overview:
This seems like it would be perfect for kids. Is that the idea?
Pianoply was absolutely inspired by my daughter Stella's love of music. She was less than 2 when I started the project and now she's five. She loves music and she absolutely loves Pianoply. Whenever a new music video comes out that she likes (which is a couple times a week), she's on my case to "put colors on it." We often play duets Stella and I often play duets, where she'll play the bass line and I'll play the melody or vice versa. She also spends a lot of time listening and watching passively (in "autoplay" mode), which she finds much more satisfying than watching the music video by itself.
Here are several videos of her using Pianoply (or the experimental stuff that preceded it), or in one video where she is doing other things while appreciating Pianoply more passively. (there is probably 20 minutes of video here, but at least skipping around in them a bit can provide some meaningful insight into the color-enhanced music learning process of kids)
All that said, it doesn't mean Pianoply is for kids. Not at all. It's a ton of fun for adults too, whether they are new to piano, or are advanced (and possibly want to create pianorolls themselves and share them). Pianoply is for anyone who loves music. (Below is a short video from a few days ago of some adults having a blast with Pianoply at an event in San Francisco)
Are you really learning music when using Pianoply?
Absolutely. You just aren't learning traditional notation. But remember, a whole lot of modern music is composed using software (Ableton Live, Logic Pro, etc) that has a pianoroll display. Pianoroll display is simply more appropriate for computers than traditional notation, and is much more flexible and is better able to capture subtleties of timing. It's a perfectly valid way of representing music, even it seems to make some old-school piano teachers bristle. (sorry, Mom!)
In some ways, pianoroll display vs. traditional notation can be seen as analogous to the difference between learning decimals vs. fractions. Decimals have big advantages with computers, and they also have certain intuitive properties that fractions don't. For instance, you can much more easily tell that 0.42857 is larger than 0.41666, than you can tell that 3/7 is larger than 5/12. Also, decimals do not require such a tradeoff between accuracy and readability as fractions do. Regardless, fractions have their uses, and learning decimals should not damage your ability to understand fractions.
Likewise, learning to play with Pianoply should not damage your ability to learn traditional notation. It has one huge advantage though: you can start much earlier. I think the videos of my daughter Stella above should make it very clear how this is something that can be learned at a much younger age than learning traditional notation. There is no reason to wait to start learning the feel of a piano, the muscle memory, the way intervals and chords sound in relation to songs, the geometry of the keyboard, and so on.
How does copyright affect all of this?
Of course, YouTube allows us to play music videos on our web site, unless the content owner decides they don't want us to. Almost all music videos on YouTube can be embedded into a web site this way. We also suspect that people who are actively engaged with the video, rather than just passively listening to the music, are more likely to click on the ads. The point is, they make money from videos being played Pianoply.
Pianorolls themselves are potentially subject to copyright, although it is not entirely clear what they actually are in terms of copyright law. Are they closer to a performance (i.e. a cover), or to something like sheet music? The tutorials on YouTube seem to be treated as if they are a performance, and prior to the scraper I described above, that might seem accurate. Once you bring the scraper into the picture though, it gets murkier because now users can easily get the "actual notes," not just a moving image of them with accompanying sound. Pianoply itself allows users to easily get to the data, and allows people to easily modify it interactively or with code. But they can also just watch and listen, like it is a performance. It's a whole new world.
We think the pianorolls fall under fair use, as they certainly qualify as "transformative" under US law. The DMCA's "safe harbor" provision may come into play as well, since they are user generated content. Meanwhile the EU is now in the process of changing things around with Article 13 (a.k.a. the "meme killer"). We're going to see how things shake out.
We know that Pianoply is potentially very interesting with regard to the ongoing tension between the desire to freely create, and the right of people to control and monetize things they have created. We are excited to be part of the discussion.
Can YouTubers who do piano tutorials make money by putting their stuff on Pianoply?
We're going to try to figure something out so they can. Most of these YouTubers are already concerned about YouTube shutting them down due to copyright issues, especially if Article 13 goes through. We hope to provide them a viable alternative. We love their work and think it would shine here. I'm currently reaching out to all of them that I can, in hopes of bringing them into the beta and getting their ideas and input.
Where do the instrument sounds come from?
Does Pianoply have any other tricks up it's sleeve?
Here's a pretty big one: in addition to synching notes to videos, we can synch words, and highlight them syllable by syllable. (and very precisely) As great as this is for putting lyrics on music videos, it can also be used on non-music videos, as a powerful way for kids to improve their reading skills, or for people to learn a second language. Another thing we can do is censor the video by very precisely dropping out the audio during "bad words." In theory these capabilities could be a worthwhile enterprise all on their own -- think "parent curated content." Here is a video of Taylor Swift's new song ME! with synched lyrics. For censoring, see the Lil Dicky video "Earth" above or in the grid (a song and video which would otherwise be entirely inappropriate for kids).
Is Pianoply always going to be free?
That's the hope. It would be great to make some money off this (this wasn't exactly slapped together in a weekend), but I think the best route to that is getting as many people as possible using it and spreading the word, gently suggesting that people buy new pianos, and taking a little cut if they do. I'm generally not big on advertising, but this seems like a harmless model, especially if we aren't all pushy about it.
I want Pianoply to do X. Can you make it do it?