NAMM 2014: QRS PianoArc

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QRS' PianoArc made its official industry debut this year. "The circle piano evolved after a call from Brockett Parsons to Chuck Johnson – former bandmates and friends from college. Brockett wanted to expand boundaries of keyboard performance for his role as lead keyboardist with Lady Gaga and along a bandmate, hit on the idea of some kind of circular piano. Chuck contacted friend Rich Fell, a top-tier Steinway technician in the Boston area and after very little debate, decided to try and make this awesome idea, into a playable reality.

Through a whirlwind of specs, drawings, materials, intense labor and communication the unit was readied for rehearsal in California in April 2012. Dave Starkey of MIDI9/QRS provided the brainpower and incredible attention to the detail behind the electronics.

It has performed in across the world, starting in Seoul, South Korea in May 2012."

Brockett Parsons goes more in-depth and even demonstrates a live house music mix:

Video courtesy of KeyboardMag

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