An excellent follow-up from the exhibition / discussion of our pianola pieces from Rex Lawson, a pianola performer
Dear Lois Parker,
This will strike you as a slightly dotty email, but you have been embroidering pianola rolls, so you must be just a little dotty yourself! I've been sitting here stupefied, reading about the music rolls you lot have been using as a basis for embroidery and general artwork. It came up on Google while I was in the middle of looking up source material on the pianolas that Captain Scott took to the Antarctic.
I write the website at www.pianola.org, and I make new pianola rolls, in south-east London. I help to run the Pianola Institute, which is an educational charity some friends and I founded in the 1980s. I'd love to put some pictures of your creations, and those of your Ledbury friends, on our website. You really made a lovely job of your Themodist "Poème Musical", complete with all the dynamic and tempo lines. You even embroidered a grave accent in the title. That's real class!
There are an awful lot of things in life I'm useless at, but I am probably the world expert on the history and manufacture of the sorts of rolls you have used. I have roughly 12,000 of them here. If you are interested in such things, look at our website at www.pianola.org, where you will find a lot of background information on pianolas and their music.
I'm doing a live Radio 3 concert with the BBC Singers on October 24th. It's a mixture of contemporary and romantic music. The BBC doesn't often allow the pianola on to the airwaves, and in view of the extreme interest which you have all been showing towards piano rolls, I thought you might be interested.