Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Oscars Channel on Piano Radio: Soundtracks and Award Winners Galore

For movie fans there are few nights bigger than Oscar night, and with less than two weeks til the ceremony it's about time to get in the movie mood. To help kick of the festivities a little early, Yamaha's Piano Radio has just added the Oscars channel. The new channel will be broadcasting 24/7 right up through the ceremony on Sunday, March 7th, and every song you'll hear on the Oscars channel was included in an Oscar-nominated or Oscar-winning film, or was nominated for (or won) an Oscar itself. Of course, the new channel features the same great piano arrangements and performances that PianoSoft and Piano Radio are known for.

Over the years Oscars for Best Original Song have gone to songs as diverse as Bob Hope's "Buttons and Bows", which won in 1948, and Eminem's "Lose Yourself" which won in 2005. While we can safely say that neither of these songs are likely to turn up on the Oscars channel, this gives you some idea of the diversity of music the channel has in store. For a sample of what you can expect, take a listen to these clips:

Over the Rainbow from the Wizard of Oz (found on "Selections From the Wizard of Oz")

Edelweiss from The Sound of Music (found on "Best Broadway Ballads")

And don't forget to tune in to see which song wins the Best Original Song prize this year - the nominees are:

"Almost There" from The Princess and the Frog
"Down in New Orleans" from The Princess and the Frog
"Loin de Paname" from Paris 36
"Take It All" from Nine
"The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from Crazy Heart

The Oscars channel is just the latest addition to our channel lineup, which includes 15 other stations available around the clock and throughout the year. For anyone listening to radio on a CLP Clavinova or MODUS digital piano, the Oscars channel is your new channel 16.

To try out the Oscars channel now, first log in to Internet Direct Connection on your instrument and choose "Listen to Radio", or from a Disklavier Mark IV choose "Internet" from the main menu on your controller, then "Disklavier Radio".  On a Disklavier E3, press the "Internet" button on your remote, then choose "D-Radio".  If you haven't created an account for Internet Direct Connection, you'll need to do that before subscribing to Piano Radio - you can create your account here.

If you've never tried Piano Radio before, now's the perfect time. If you're not ready to subscribe and check out the Oscars channel, that's fine.  Two free channels are available right now - all you need to do is get your keyboard online and you can be enjoying streaming music within seconds. Follow this guide for help with connecting to the internet, or head here if you're ready to subscribe. For more information on Yamaha's Piano Radio, visit our Online Services site.

- Doug