This past weekend at the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle, the best performer may not have been human. Created by Seattle creative agency Digital Kitchen, Stanley the piano performed song requests via Twitter all weekend long during the festival. Similar to the Tasty Tweets interactive smoothie creator, Stanley the piano's output and playlist are based on the tweets and data received over time. To request a song, people simply tweeted their song choice to @stanleypiano and if their song was selected, an automatic @reply would let them know their song is next. People at the festival were able to watch Stanley perform their requests live or those not physically present could watch via livestream.
Not only was Stanley developed with at least one song from each of the 100+ bands and DJ's performing at the festival, he also has the ability to learn new material to play. Rumor has it this piano added "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen to it's music library due to popular demand. Oh, the things you can build with a little imagination and an upcycled instrument from Craigslist.