Tickling Ivories

Pianos are the culmination of centuries of technological evolution. Like Athena springing from the head of Zeus, they embody the creativity and ingenuity of their creators — in this case, the engineers at Roland.
Words // Zelda Grant | October 27, 2023 | Luxury

Throughout Roland’s 50 years, the company has consistently pushed the boundaries of what a musical instrument can be. This ethos is part of designing the future, one of the company’s slogans and an apt one for the 50th Anniversary Roland Piano, an instrument that strides boldly into the future while respecting the piano’s traditional foundations. Complete with drone speakers and global connectivity, it’s a marvel to behold and hear. In a digital piano, the sound generation occurs inside microchips and circuit boards. How, then, do they reproduce a natural sound field? “It’s the 360-degree speakers that makes it possible,” says Takahiro Murai, GM of Roland’s Keyboard Instruments Development Department. “The idea is that if you put speakers in any direction, you can create any sound field, depending on the settings.” The result? Sound that actually falls from the air around the player. To listen is to hear the future;