During this year’s Grammys, Google debuted a new Android commercial called “Monotune”:
“A piano has 88 keys. Each one is different. But what if they were all the same? To find out, we took apart a piano and reengineered it so that it only plays one note: Middle C. Be together. #NotTheSame”
Ji-Yong Kim is the pianist in the commercial:
“The commercial features Ji playing two pianos, one of which has been tuned entirely to middle C. It’s sort of a high-concept jab at Apple and tied to Android’s slogan of “Be together, not the same.” But honestly, about the only thing that matters is Ji’s high-speed rendition of the third movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.””
Ji has been playing piano since he was five, and professionally for 15 years.