MIDI versions of player piano rolls

I just found Terry Smythe’s tremendous player piano site, which roughly 5782 MIDI files converted from scanned rolls. The relevance to street organ repertoire development is obvious – an hour’s tweaking and you’ve got something perfectly adequate for purpose. I hope someone, somewhere is writing a PhD answering such questions as: did piano rolls influence organ book arrangers? what happens if you play Liszt on a knitting machine?

Other sites linked to by Terry, which I haven’t examined yet: Warren Trachtman and Robert Perry.

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