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Of Pianos, Laptops and Aluminum Vibrations

By Superconductor @ppelkonen
Of Pianos, Laptops and Aluminum Vibrations
Those of you who read this blog on a regular basis know that I'm hopelessly addicted to my IPod, using the little silver guy (current model, a 160-gig Classic, cute little David Horvath sticker on the back) to manage and play music. I know it's not the same sound quality as LPs or CDs, but for my purposes, I often settle for running my Pod off a dock attached to the stereo.
So my laptop has an awful lot of music in its hard drive--six months' worth if you count all the genres packed in and sorted into various and sundry libraries.
Most of the time, I peruse this vast library with the help of my trusty stereo, or my headphones for most listening when the significant other is about. But for writing about piano music, I take a special pleasure in the two, humble speakers built into the work-surface of my MacBookPro.
Now, these aren't great speakers. They'll never show up in Stereo Review or Audiophile. They're smallish, they lack low end, and they don't handle loud volumes well. That said they sound really good in mono.
And they make my wrists vibrate as I type. They're resting on the aluminum skin of my computer, material which picks up the vibration of the music like a tuning fork, sending the sound back up my arms and through my nervous system. The biofeedback produced becomes wonderfully like playing, or leaning on the piano during the performance.
When it comes to piano music, there's a certain joy in using them, especially as I write posts like this one. Right now, they're doing a very credible job reproducing Wilhelm Backhaus' blazing performance of the "Waldstein" sonata--in glorious mono sound.

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COMMENTS ( 2 )

By xxxxjoyce
posted on 01 May at 17:49
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can you please answer me?

By xxxxjoyce
posted on 27 April at 20:58
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Hi I really want to know where did you get that laptop sticker with the piano on the back. Because my dad wants it for fathersday... I looked everywhere for that sticker! When i found it on google i was so happy, i finally found a site with a picture of it... it isn't a buy site but you were talking about it. Can you please tell me where did you get that sticker? maybe a site?

I really hope so! Loves Joyce (from the netherlands sorry for my bad english)