I am a recent grad, composer, and all-around New Music nerd. I am a huge fan of Colon Nancarrow and have recently be unable to shake the idea of writing pieces that incorporate a player piano. I've always worked with traditional instruments but have a long-time fascination with electro-acoustic music; I think this would be a good way to test the waters before trying something a little more traditionally electro-acoustic in the future.
QUESTION (and this may not even make sense and/or be really obvious--please don't hate me!): Could I theoretically make a patch in Pd that would send MIDI out to be played on a player piano with MIDI functions? It seems that Pd would be a good route to take, at least for the first few things that I write since I'm already somewhat familiar with it. I would love to make a patch in which I could manipulate the parameters/output live, for instance, during a performance that had some indeterminate aspects to it... But I would hate to make something, love it, and then get my hands on a player piano only to discover that it won't work!
I am a novice at best to most things involving programming, but am particularly in the dark regarding audio programming, as it turns out. I've tried to do my own research on this subject to no avail, maybe because it's very specific, but probably just because I'm a sad newb. Would Pd work with the right external equipment? Does anyone have any suggestions on other programs I could try?