2nd Global Piano Roll Meeting Prelude 4

This online meeting will include condensed lectures from representative topics in piano roll study. It aims to be a prelude to a planned 2022 conference in Switzerland.

11.09.2021, 18.00–21.00 Uhr – online

Gemälde Pollini

Music rolls and pneumatic instruments are a vital part of the history of recording and mechanical music. They provide a rich window into the technological, musical, cultural and economic history of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Recent projects to preserve rolls by scanning and digitization have sparked wider interest in the field. This has allowed for technical studies of rolls, which are an early digital record of music making. Archival documents are also yielding insights into the business and technology of roll manufacturing. These are among the many diverse topics that have brought individuals together from around the world to share their work with rolls.

This conference continues the work of the 1st Global Piano Roll Meeting in Leipzig, 2018. The conference will be conducted in English. It is an international forum for enthusiasts and professionals working with paper rolls and pneumatic roll playing instruments.

The conference will be held online via Zoom and will offer interactive opportunities for questions and group discussion. The meeting starts 18:00 CEST (Check for your own timezone).

The conference will be recorded and the organisers intend to post the sessions online for access by the worldwide piano roll community. By turning on your camera and microphone you agree to appear on the recording and grant a license to the organisers for irrevocable, non-exclusive use, including copying, transcribing, displaying, broadcasting (including webcasting) for non-commercial purposes.


  • Startdatum 11.09.2021, 18.00–21.00 Uhr
  • Ort online