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Chichi, The Rocking Piano

An old, immobile standard baby grand, originally manufactured in the early 1900’s and belonging to the Ambassador of Hong Kong, caught the eye of the musician and designer Sarah Davenport, who saw an opportunity to re-imagine the piano. Her desire was to "create a design which could speak," and in the process made a piano that quite literally--rocks.

To achieve her dream, Sarah made significant design modifications. She added a mirror above the keys to use as a "force to communicate thoughts and feelings," what she calls "the other you." As the performer plays, the performance is reflected back, and "the character, sound and message of the piano changes according to the player." In addition, the keys are whimsically coated in silver. Its exterior is veneered in Canadian Rock Maple, with a cut-out to provide visibility of the strings and soundboard as one plays.

But perhaps the most notable enhancement to Chichi (yes, that is the instrument's christened name) is the cradle-like cabinet which liberates the pianist "to physically give something back and to strengthen the cohesion between piano and pianist--[to] create a feeling of oneness." [ 1 ]

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[1]
Nicholas, Jeremy.  "Jeremy Nicholas & the Rocking Piano."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 25 Jan. 2011.  Web.  3 Oct. 2015.  Standard YouTube License.
[2]
Baxter, Frank.  "Interview with Sarah Davenport."  Piano World.  Piano World, 8 Nov. 2007.  Web.  3 Aug. 2015.
Additional References:
  • Ward, Alex.  "Now THAT’S a Rock 'n' Roll Piano! 'Chichi' the Amazing Baby Grand Which Reels Back and Forth as You Get Into the Rhythm."  DailyMail.  Associated Newspapers Ltd., 3 July 2012.  Web. 3 Aug. 2015.
  • Spooky.  "Designer Creates World’s First Rocking Piano."  Oddity Central.  OddityCentral.Com,  8 Feb. 2011.  Web.  3 Aug. 2015.