Roland’s sprawling family of electronic pianos has appeased everyone from beginners to professionals dating back to the early ‘70s. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Japanese manufacturer has designed a stunning conceptual model that it heralds as “an instrument of the future.” The aptly-dubbed 50th Anniversary Concept Piano is composed of premium elements across the board, deeming it a triumph in audial prowess and thoughtful design.
Developed alongside Karmioku, an esteemed Japanese furnisher, the remarkable concept revolves around a single-bodied cabinet that offers precise tone and an appropriate sound field. Moreover, this essentially utopian piano was made using layers of durable Nara oak wood that were ultimately stacked to shape the unique, single-body piece of equipment. By fusing the knowledge of 3D printing with timeless manufacturing methods, both Roland and Karimoku managed.
The manufacturer garnered immense inspiration from Erik Satie’s concept of “Furniture Music,” as the functional appeal of sitting down and playing at an all-in-one station is too convenient to pass up. Sound-wise, the piano boasts an array of 14 360-degree speakers that co-exist alongside a set of innovative drone speakers that hover the instrument as you play it, promoting “realistic ambient sound.” As this is one of the smartest pianos we’ve ever seen, it only makes sense to implement a tablet directly into its lid, paving the way for seamless video conferencing or streaming tutorials, practically shedding the need for any more in-person piano lessons. Additionally, the piano even includes seamless USB MIDI and Bluetooth connectivity, leading Roland to beg the question: “Whatever would Beethoven think?”
Who’s to say when this remarkable concept will be accessible? While we sit and wait, learn more about Roland’s 50th Anniversary Concept Piano on its website.