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Piano From Above
Pfa
Developer Brian Pantano
Currrent Status Abandonned
License Type Closed Source
Platform Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1
Release date December 14, 2010
CPU Architecture x86, x64
Current version 1.1.0
Piano From Above

The Piano From Above startup screen in HD quality (1280x800) The appearance of the colors may vary.

Note: the webpage is currently under DDOS attack (it doesn't work) so the software is unavailable. There is, however, a mirror of the site on the Internet Archive.

Piano From Above is a free program very similar to Synthesia created in 2010 by Brian Pantano. The purpose of this application is to teach people how to play the piano and to learn with a practice, play, and learn mode. It can run flawlessly regardless of its screen size.

Piano From Above uses a lightweight note display, making it a lot faster than the popular Synthesia.

Dance of the Reed Flutes

Riccardo Loi's remix of "Dance of the Reed Flutes"

However, Piano From Above is a bit more complicated to maneuver, but it works well in every way. Like Synthesia, the program utilizes Direct3D, an API from DirectX to generate notes. 

This is a popular choice for playing Black MIDIs due to its lightweight graphics display, which means it is able to load and play larger files than a program like Synthesia, which is focused on aesthetics rather than performance.


Piano From Above is also favorable over other programs because of the features it has. Unlike Synthesia, Piano From Above is able to view all 128 keys when playing a file. Also unlike Synthesia, you can pick custom colors to use, and the falling note window span is much more customizable.

Derp

Piano From Above playing Bad Apple!! 7.67 Million

There's a Advanced Config Editor for it, made by KaleidonKep99.

Latest version: 1.1.0 Mirror

Version history: Can be found here Mirror

Max notes: ~500 Million (Limited)

Pros and ConsEdit

Pros

  • Faster than Synthesia
  • 64-bit as of June 2014

Cons

  • Larger MIDIs can take some time to load
  • Poorly optimised; has lower midi performance than other MIDI players

See Also Edit

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