piano roll

noun
a roll of paper containing perforations such that air passing through them actuates the keys of a player piano.

Origin:
1925–30

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piano roll
 
n
Also called: music roll a perforated roll of paper actuating the playing mechanism of a Pianola

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These pedal actions were marked on the piano roll with special punches.
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