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tlfamm
10-31-2015, 08:14 PM
The scene (circa 2013):

A Frenchman (!) is doing unbelievable things center screen, while all around him desultory Brits (zombies and accountants, I guess) take scant notice of the volcanic happening in their midst.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0nDhQEIdSQ

The vid starts slow - give it 50 seconds ...

Rosco-P
10-31-2015, 08:17 PM
You're expecting way too much from the average exec-u-dork.

Stu Miller
10-31-2015, 09:07 PM
I don't understand the OP. I noted many people watching, taking photos, clustered around listening and enjoying as they continued with their own lives and tasks. There was even the beginning of applause as the clip ended. Or did you mean they were supposed to react differently because he was French? It wasn't a concert hall, but a subway stop where people are intent upon getting to their destinations on time. What did you expect for a reaction

v860rich
10-31-2015, 10:39 PM
That was just an old player piano, any body can sit down at one and do the same thing.

THANX RICH

gambler
10-31-2015, 11:03 PM
hes playing the piano, and it cool. thanks for the post. if you explore a little further there are several other vids too.

boslab
11-01-2015, 12:00 AM
Reminds me of one of those staged flashmob things, i saw a vid of a whole orchestra suddenly assembling in a station and playing beethovens 5th before disapearing, in saying that this seems normal in london, there are buskers all over the place, last time i was at Paddington recently there was a guy playing a steel guitar, not the long thing the one with a polished front on, that looks like a guitar.
No amp just him on a stool in the tiled tunnels, fantastic sound, it carried through the tunnels amazingly well.
Mark

Mike Amick
11-01-2015, 12:12 AM
I wouldn't pay too much attention to the crowd. A lot of people are reserved, I don't find it that surprising.

Me .. I thought it was ROCKIN !!!! i couldn't keep my head still.

Thankx

RussZHC
11-01-2015, 01:16 AM
Easy promo in a couple of ways, relative cheap...always curious as to why some videos take off and others do not in terms of going viral.

"Nelly Slide Guitar" has had the videos up that originally caught someones eye (busking in those first videos), but in a year struggling to get to 56 000 views each while the above has 9.631 million.
Both, to me, seem relatively the same in terms of niche markets.

I am curious the same way about peoples' reactions, for example of the hitchBOT, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11778599/Hitchiking-robot-killed-in-Philadelphia.html
where there was some mild interest over the course of a year or two on several continents and then it gets destroyed near the beginning of its next journey.

Doc Nickel
11-01-2015, 02:22 AM
Several years ago, the Washington Post did a little experiment. They had a violinist take place in the L’Enfant Plaza Station in Washington DC, and play some classical music. Basically to see who noticed.

During the morning rush hour, he played for about 43 minutes, and performed six classical pieces. Over a thousand people passed by in that period.

Most didn't even notice- or if they did, they didn't react. Very few stopped to listen for even just a few moments, and only one person recognized the violinist (https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/pearls-before-breakfast-can-one-of-the-nations-great-musicians-cut-through-the-fog-of-a-dc-rush-hour-lets-find-out/2014/09/23/8a6d46da-4331-11e4-b47c-f5889e061e5f_story.html).

The performer was Joshua Bell, probably the top violinist in the United States, and among the best in the world. The music was classical, including the extremely difficult “Chaconne” from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D Minor, which is by itself about fourteen minutes long. The instrument was a three and half million dollar Stradivarius, made in 1713.

And hardly anyone even noticed.

Doc.

RobWilson
11-01-2015, 02:58 AM
The scene (circa 2013):

A Frenchman (!) is doing unbelievable things center screen, while all around him desultory Brits (zombies and accountants, I guess) take scant notice of the volcanic happening in their midst.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0nDhQEIdSQ

The vid starts slow - give it 50 seconds ...

How is it an " incident" ? and it's also a VERY COMMON occurrence at St Pancras Station . Maybe you should travel more .


Rob

Peter N
11-01-2015, 03:20 AM
The scene (circa 2013):

A Frenchman (!) is doing unbelievable things center screen, while all around him desultory Brits (zombies and accountants, I guess) take scant notice of the volcanic happening in their midst.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0nDhQEIdSQ

The vid starts slow - give it 50 seconds ...

It's a Street Piano, we've had them since a British artist started the project in 2008 - puts an old piano in a public place with a sign that says "Play Me, I'm Yours!".
This one in St Pancras has been there since 2009 and this happens pretty much every day, anyone with talent and nerve or nerve and no talent is welcome to have a tinkle.
The closest one to me is in a shopping centre in Cambridge, with some amazing performances by musical undergraduates.

Charles P
11-01-2015, 03:33 AM
The thing about St Pancras station is it that it is both a domestic rail terminal and the international terminal from France. Navigating through it usually involves getting round hoardes of travellers who have no idea where they are going and just mill around getting in the way. School children are the worst. As has been said the piano stuff happens all the time and you tend to let most of it wash over you.

If you want a real musical treat try South Kensington tube station, especially on a night when there's a concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The Royal College of Music is there and the quality of student buskers is outstanding and the long passageways enhance the experience.

Peter.
11-01-2015, 05:04 AM
Pretty good and just as entertaining as the guy in Covent Garden who juggles three or four running chainsaws :)

AD5MB
11-01-2015, 06:23 AM
why look? what's there to see?


there was a guy playing a steel guitar, not the long thing the one with a polished front on, that looks like a guitar.

A dobro. if you find an article that says they were made from VW hubcaps and Hitler decreed every German house should have one - that was the April issue of a guitar magazine

Weston Bye
11-01-2015, 06:29 AM
Had the end of daylight savings time here. I spent the extra hour this morning going down this rabbit hole. Time well wasted. Rockin' piano, then YouTube morphed over to Josh Groban and others singing with talented people from the audience. At first, I thought, "wish I could do that", but then I realized that I actually had.

The Lettermen gave concert at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint Michigan, and I was in the audience. One of the songs was "Celebration" and during the course of the song, one of the Lettermen ran around putting the microphone in front members of the audience for some audience participation. All sang badly; off key, gravelly voices, screeching, etc. Then the microphone came to me.... "CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES, COME ON!".... Nailed it. Clear voice, perfect pitch and timing. They were astonished, and the audience applauded.

Of course, if I had to sing much more I probably would have botched it along the way.

There it was... my 5 seconds of anonymous fame.

Singing in the church choir paid off.

topct
11-01-2015, 08:42 AM
That could never happen here in Spokane.

Too many attorneys.

spongerich
11-01-2015, 09:41 AM
Check out Improv Everywhere.
They do stunts like this in New York where it's REALLY hard to get people's attention.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwMj3PJDxuo and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj1ny-EjAyQ are two of my favorites.

tlfamm
11-01-2015, 11:07 AM
How is it an " incident" ? and it's also a VERY COMMON occurrence at St Pancras Station . Maybe you should travel more .


Rob

No pejorative was intended; I was simply trying not to spoil the surprise with "amazing piano artist".

"Maybe you should travel more"

Shall we both avoid unwarranted assumptions?

tlfamm
11-01-2015, 11:22 AM
Several years ago, the Washington Post did a little experiment. They had a violinist take place in the L’Enfant Plaza Station in Washington DC, and play some classical music. Basically to see who noticed.

During the morning rush hour, he played for about 43 minutes, and performed six classical pieces. Over a thousand people passed by in that period.

Most didn't even notice- or if they did, they didn't react. Very few stopped to listen for even just a few moments, and only one person recognized the violinist (https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/pearls-before-breakfast-can-one-of-the-nations-great-musicians-cut-through-the-fog-of-a-dc-rush-hour-lets-find-out/2014/09/23/8a6d46da-4331-11e4-b47c-f5889e061e5f_story.html).

The performer was Joshua Bell, probably the top violinist in the United States, and among the best in the world. The music was classical, including the extremely difficult “Chaconne” from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D Minor, which is by itself about fourteen minutes long. The instrument was a three and half million dollar Stradivarius, made in 1713.

And hardly anyone even noticed.

Doc.

I remember that incident - seems we 'Muricans have our own 'zombies' wandering around train/subway stations. Hell, I might have been in zombie mode myself when travelling ...

Anyone taken with the OP piano piece will probably like this one also (and quite a few others in YouTube):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvTYiXChgqs

Baz
11-01-2015, 01:50 PM
You know how there are people who 'collect' activity locations like others collect stamps (or machines for a lot of those on here), like bell ringers who are known as 'tower grabbers', canoeists who do lots of rivers, mountaineers who want to do the 10 highest etc.
So I wonder if there are people who go around playing as many of these public instruments as they can. Perhaps there is a website listing them and Joanna grabbers can link videos of their performance.

MaxHeadRoom
11-01-2015, 02:46 PM
Amazing how many homeless are self taught brilliant piano players.
seems a global phenomenon.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI1jlzw4Fvg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89CAlKphL00
Max.

Peter N
11-01-2015, 02:56 PM
.. Perhaps there is a website listing them and Joanna grabbers can link videos of their performance.

http://www.streetpianos.com/

camdigger
11-02-2015, 03:16 AM
http://www.streetpianos.com/

Only a partial listing. There are others not associated with these guys. There is one in downtown Red Deer Alberta. Sits in a plexiglass shelter on a street near the cenotaph at the city center. I've never seen any real talent there - usually just a hung over street person plinking out a one finger melody....