David shared the stage with none other than Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, demonstrating StaffPad in front of thousands of viewers watching in person and online. David worked on an orchestral score — “This is no nursery rhyme,” he said — and had to educate some non-musicians on some musical terms: “Slur means play it like you’re drunk – I’m going to get in so much trouble for that.”
More to the point, David explained why he developed StaffPad for Surface and Windows: “It’s really the only platform that we could do this for, because it really understands the difference between my fingers and the pen.”
David showed remarkable poise with Nadella and a crowd of thousands, including accommodating a last-minute schedule change, so we’ll forgive his extra note values at the end of a bar — the likely cause of a copy-and-paste glitch, which he handled in stride. More amusing was the real-time tweets he was getting during the presentation, which he eventually switched off. Hey, that’s why it’s a live demo!
Read our full review of StaffPad, and watch the 4-minute presentation here:
You can also hear a short piano quintet that David composed especially for the occasion.
Updated 2:00 pm with more information about the presentation and a link to the performance of David William Hearn’s composition.