Music rolls and pneumatic instruments are a vital part of the history of recording and mechanical music. They provide a rich window into the technological, musical, cultural and economic history of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Recent projects to preserve rolls by scanning and digitization have sparked wider interest in the field. This has allowed for technical studies of rolls, which are an early digital record of music making. Archival documents are also yielding insights into the business and technology of roll manufacturing. These are among the many diverse topics that have brought individuals together from around the world to share their work with rolls.
This conference continues the work of the 1st Global Piano Roll Meeting in Leipzig, 2018. Based on feedback received, this three-day event allows more time for presentations, discussions, and networking. The conference will be conducted in English. It aims to be an international forum for enthusiasts and professionals working with paper rolls and pneumatic roll playing instruments.