Imagine every single piece of gear you have on your wish list. Then imagine a baby grand piano, lacquered in white. Then imagine — you know, for the sake of practicality — you want to use the piano as a projection surface. And sound system. And then imagine you just mash all those ideas into one gear-packed baby grand piano, and you’ve got the beautifully freakish BabyGrandMaster:

Baby Grand Master

It’s not just a gimmicky DJ piano. It’s a “video instrument”, blending visuals and audio. The last time we saw something somewhat like this was the keyboard with PC Miko, though since that’s just a Windows PC packed in a keyboard, only the marketing concept in principle made it a “VJ/DJ” product versus, well, a PC in a keyboard. And, of course, the Baby Grand Master starts to make the Miko look oddly affordable and practical.

This isn’t just some random tinkerer, either. It’s the creation of a veteran of the Emergency Broadcast Network group, as seen on Create Digital Motion today, meaning if you want to add missiles, it’s probably possible.

The specs:

Video:

  1. Dual Pioneer DVJ-X1 DVD Players
  2. Edirol V-4 Video Mixer
  3. 3 Marshal LCD Monitors
  4. Slot loading assembly
  5. Ultra reflective white projection surface

Audio:

  1. Allen and Heath Xone 92 Audio Mixer
  2. Dual 15″ Subwoofers
  3. 18″ Subwoofer
  4. 12″ Subwoofer
  5. 3 Bullet Tweeters
  6. AB 1100 Watt Power Amplifier

Drivetrain:

  1. Moog Slip Ring Assembly
  2. 8 Foot Rotating Turntable
  3. Wall Mount Variable Speed Control

Still not impressed? Options include hydraulic legs and lid, neon underlighting and running lights, fog and laser assembly, and an even more enormous “concert grand” stretch version. If this weren’t April 23, I’d be looking for the April Fools’ disclaimer, it’s so extreme.

All that’s missing: an actual piano. (What, no mapping the hammer action to visual clips?)

Josh Randall of Harmonix/Guitar Hero fame tipped us off. He writes: “From Gardner Post, ex-EBN member. He was the guy behind all of EBNs amazing gear…like the rocket launching golf bags and mobile video attack systems…(huge truck with lots of tvs on it) He’s been telling me about the baby grand project for a while…and he finally posted this site.”

EBN is Emergency Broadcast Network, a terrific multimedia group. Even if this particular creation isn’t your thing, you should check out their work — I think it’ll be right up the alley of the typical CDM reader.

I’ll try to go visit the actual instrument when I’m up Gardner’s way; more soon.

On the visual side: Create Digital Motion, why I think projecting on pianos is fun, and why we should do this the cheap way.

  • dead_red_eyes

    You would think that they'd at least put a small MIDI keyboard in that thing. It's kinda … well … ugly, like Frankenstein ugly. Interesting idea tho, it's just too gaudy for me ….

  • bliss

    DJ Liberace! :)

  • chris5s

    I'll second Chris opinion this one ;-)

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  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    Yeah, I'm with you guys. A piano with no keyboard is definitely something that's frustrating to me. Still, I admire the design… maybe they'll see the light and throw a keyboard on. I mean, if they can do fog and underlighting. Oh, and an espresso maker. In fact, as long as I have coffee and a keyboard, I could probably live under this thing.

  • octatone

    This has 80's excess and poorly thought out design implementation written all over it. Although I'd take one if someone gave it as a gift …

  • nick benko

    so, how are you supposed to properly DJ music AND video with only 2 decks?

  • Vance Galloway

    Remember, there is a HUGE performance/theater aspect to EBN. Seeing as how Gardner aparently designed this thing, it makes some sense that it's gigantically bizarre – Knowing Gardner, that HAS to be some of the effect he was looking for. I'm just surprised it doesn't have a motor in it to allow it to travel on it's own power. Maybe even 4 wheel drive and giant mud tires….

  • http://indiedanceparty.com DJ McManus

    Fischerspooner!

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  • http://www.robotkid.com Robotkid

    Yes, to get a better sense of why this contraption is amazingly awesome, check out Gardner's previous works with EBN:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3VBHMKW_Eg

    "Gulf Bag"…HA!

    These guys are geniuses…I miss them so much!

  • poopoo

    honky tonks in melbourne had a dj booth made from a white grand piano. i don't know if it's still there since the bouncers wont let me in the door anymore.

  • http://pianologist.com KCLau

    I wonder most of the buyer would pianist or DJ?

  • http://pianologist.com KCLau

    I wonder most of the buyer would be pianist of DJ?

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  • Damon

    Too coollllll…

  • http://mateomurphy.com Mateo

    so, how are you supposed to properly DJ music AND video with only 2 decks?

    They're DVD decks, that's how.

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