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Rob D's Clubbed to Death on Casio PX130

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Published on Jan 31, 2010

Woohoo! My new Casio PX130 portable piano keyboard arrived, and I immediately warmed up the printer for some sheet music to try out on it. One of the first pieces I sight-read on the keyboard was Rob D's "Clubbed to Death" from the Matrix soundtrack. It proved an unusually good test, as 1) it is simple enough for me to get down in a day or so and 2) it has THREE parts, which allowed me to test out the keyboard's two-track recording-with-playback capabilities (not to mention figure out how to nest videos inside each other in Premiere). The ability to play a duet with myself is particularly intriguing - my next project may have to be The Sorcerer's Apprentice for four hands!

I also took the opportunity to figure out how to record directly from the keyboard to the computer, so the sound is not actually from the camcorder, but the MIDI file which was generated on the desktop. The MIDI sounds a little more like a toy than the keyboard, and the keyboard sounds slightly more like a toy than a real piano, but considering the uses I'm actually putting the thing to, I find myself pretty satisfied with the results.

I've been a sort of snob about digital keyboards up until now as, of course, they don't feel like real pianos at all, and what's the point of polishing pieces on something that doesn't play like one? But now that I am learning new pieces again, I figured out that it is far preferable to practice my fingering (by far the longest time spent at a piano) while at my computer upstairs rather than downstairs at my regular piano (where it is currently 50 degrees if I am lucky), not to mention that I can now take it anywhere that I happen to be driving (it's a little big to be shipped and I'd rather not leave it in the hands of airline baggage handlers). So I spent a night researching them online and purchased one two days later after testing the Casio and a Yamaha contender at a local music store.

The Casio certainly opened up my eyes to what's available for what pricing these days. At a little less than half a grand, it was just this side of affordable, while still providing the weighted-keys feel of a real piano. They are far heavier in action than I am used to, which means I not only grow fatigued faster but I'm unable to play the much higher-octane pieces such as Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag or Bioshock's Cohen's Masterpiece, but hey, maybe this is good finger strength training for me! It takes some getting used to, though - listening to this recording makes me wince, because I can hear how uneven all of my notes are now. =( Perhaps it's the unusual heaviness of the keys - I find it much more difficult to maintain a slow, even legato on this keyboard than on a regular piano. Granted, I am also sitting at an inappropriate height...I am still waiting for the keyboard stand to arrive so that I may move it to a more comfortable height in relation to the chair.

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