Silent Recordings
Unpredictable Music for
Unreliable Times


Telemetry Orchestra
Tracky Dax


Around The Block
Nocturnal Emissions
Silent Soundtracks
Sounds of Silent
This Show Is About People

Rouseabout Records
Keeping it Real


Bondi Cigars
Cathie O'Sullivan
Creedence Clearwater Revisited
The Celebrated Knackers & Knockers Band
Donna Fisk and Michael Cristian
Eric Bogle
Fiddlers Feast
Gary Shearston
Gordon Lightfoot
Herb Superb
Jim Low
John Munro
Julie Wilson
Koori Classic
Kym Pitman
Marcus Holden
Mic Conway's National Junk Band
Nyalgodi Scotty Martin
Robyn Archer
Roger Knox
Russell Morris
The Scrum
Warren Fahey & Luke Webb
Warren Fahey & Max Cullen (DEAD MEN TALKING)


Down By The Billabong
The World Turned Upside-Down
Forte – Golden Fiddlers
Stand Up & Shout

Yesterday's Australia:

Barbara James
Bob Dyer
Bobby Limb
Buddy Williams
Dame Nellie Melba
Florence Austral
Frank Coughlan
John Brownlee
Johnny Ashcroft
Keith Branch & His South Sea Islanders

Percy Grainger
Reg Lindsay
Shirley Thoms
Smoky Dawson
Strella Wilson
Tex Morton
Tex Morton and Sister Dorrie
Warren Fahey's Diggers

Yesterday's Australia Compilations:

Australian Radio Serials
Australian Hillbilly Radio Hits
Australian Stars of the International Music Hall Voume 1
Australian Stars of the International Music Hall Voume 2
Band in a Waistcoat Pocket
Mastertouch Pianola
Strike up the Band
Stars of Australian Stage & Radio Vol 1
Stars of Australian Stage & Radio Vol 2

Yep! Records
Music Without Compromise


Jenny Morris
Michal Nicholas
The Lovetones
Saints of India
Screw the Pooch

Mastertouch Pianola

The player piano "Pianola" as we all know it has provided recorded music in hundreds of thousands of homes for almost one hundred years. The heyday of the instrument was from the end of the Great War through the "Roaring Twenties" - thousands are still in use in 1992. Australia's own Mastertouch Piano Rolls have been manufactured continuously from 1919, providing untold joy for millions of Aussies at sing-alongs in the home, the pub, school or in early cinemas.


The instrument used in this recording was manufactured in 1932, and is a Steinway OP piano. The words 'Duo-Art' refer to a reproducing system (not used in this recording) which faithfully recreates the original artists performance with 16 degrees of touch (or loudness) in each hand, plus accentuation of individual notes within a chord, and of course the sustain and soft pedals. All this information is DIGITALLY recorded on the "Duo-Art" rolls by famous pianists and musicians for enjoyment or education at home. The word "Pianola" is the trade name of the Aeolian Company for a Player Piano, and is often mistakenly used to describe other brands of Player Pianos. The player in this piano is by Aeolian and is therefore a 'true' Pianola. The instrument was originally purchased by a Mr K H Mallach of London S.W.7., an amateur operatic singer who used it to accompany himself whilst singing when no pianist was available! It was acquired by Tony Hilton in 1981 in London in very poor condition, and shipped to Sydney that same year. A painstaking and full restoration was carried out over a five year period. Every part was refurbished, - new strings,
refinished case and frame, even a new decal for the revarnished soundboard. This work was mainly carried out by Mastertouch at Petersham in Sydney, (one of only two music roll manufacturers left in the world) and as a tribute to their craftsmanship, some of their standard 88 note music rolls were played for this recording using the traditional foot pedals rather than the normal electric motor to operate the vacuum pump which is used when playing the "Duo-Art" rolls. Also when pumping by foot it is possible to accentuate the music, which whilst not as stylised as an "automatic" expression roll, is nonetheless extremely satisfying, since the peddler has full control over the result. One June evening in 1992 at Illawong in suburban Sydney, Martin Benge, using a Sony OAT machine recorded Tony Hilton playing this selection of songs on the Steinway Grand Pianola, with Bob MacDonald as Piano Technician and Johnny Rocks as Turner.


Piano music Rolls - often referred to as 'Pianola Rolls', have been around for over a century. During the early days there were many different systems for playing mechanical musical instruments. The most popular were the 65 and 88 note Piano Rolls. Nowadays only the 88 note variety are produced commercially, as that corresponds to the number of notes on the piano keyboard. There are 88 ports or holes in the brass tracker-bar, (over which the music roll passes) and either by foot-pedalling or electric motor a vacuum is created. When a hole in the roll uncovers a 'port' in the tracker-bar, air rushes in and operates a pneumatic valve, and a small bellows device operates the back of the key by lifting it - (unlike the pianist who operates it at the front by depressing it). By controlling the amount of vacuum or air in the system it is possible to control how hard the note is struck, and the music may be controlled in this way be varying the amount of pressure at each individual note. Since each piece, or 'bit' of information is individually recorded on the music roll, this was truly the first DIGITALMUSIC SYSTEM, so on this recording, the world's oldest digital recording system has been re-mastered onto the world's newest digital recording system. (Mechanical to Electronic) to make it possible for you to enjoy this fine music without having to own a player piano. Enjoy your sing- along to these old favourites!
Mastertouch Pianola
'Let The Pianola Play’
Catalogue Number RRH7

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The selection of musical favourites from all eras is played on a 1930's player piano using Mastertouch piano rolls manufactured in 1992 in exactly the same way as they were in 1919.

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Australian Dance Gems/Just Folk – An Australian Selection

Track Listing

  1. Community Land [Medley]
  2. Australian Dance Gems/Just Folk – An Australian Selection [Medley]
  3. Bouquet Of Roses Selection [Medley]
  4. Gershwin Replayed Vol.2 [Medley]
  5. Song Lover’s Medley No.1
  6. Astaire-Rogers: A Special Magic
  7. The Black And White Minstral Show
  8. Eddie Cantor Medley
  9. Song Lover’s Medley No.2
  10. Carols By Candlelight