Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween Hits Adds Haunting Harmonies to Piano Radio

Creatively carved jack-o-lanterns...zombies, ghosts and monsters roaming the streets...fully stocked candy aisles - it must be time again for the Halloween Hits channel on Yamaha's Piano Radio.

Halloween is about both tricks and treats, and the songs you'll hear on the new Halloween Hits channel cover both of these aspects of the holiday. For a real scare there's Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor", but there's also the more the more light-hearted "Monster Mash". To add some extra chills to the experience, the channel also features "haunted house" interludes and scary sound effects.

Plus, with the Halloween Hits channel you can experience all of the varieties of Halloween themed music on your piano or keyboard at any time, without loading any disks or files. All music on the new channel is arranged for the piano and recorded by Yamaha's acclaimed PianoSoft artists, and each song will be reproduced on your instrument exactly as it was originally performed. Take a listen to some examples of what you can expect to hear on Halloween Hits:

In the Hall of the Mountain King (From "A Haunted Halloween")

Theme From Halloween II (From "Boo! - Halloween Favorites")

The Halloween Hits channel is just the latest addition to our channel lineup, which includes 18 other stations available around the clock and throughout the year. For anyone listening to radio on a CLP Clavinova or MODUS digital piano, the Halloween Hits channel is your new channel 20.

To try out the Halloween Hits 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, you can listen to radio by pressing the "Internet" button on your remote, then choose "D-Radio". However, if you haven't created an account for Internet Direct Connection, you'll need to do that before subscribing to Piano Radio for your E3 - 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 Halloween Hits 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