19 April 2006

Samchillian relative keyboard

The Samchillian keyboard is a midi-controller interface using a Kinesis keyboard. The innovation is that, rather than a key corresponding to a given note, a key instead describes the relative change (up one, up two, down one, down two) from the current note. The interface also allows for key changes. One nice thing is that the fingering remains the same across different keys. This allows a performer to play extremely rapid, complex sequences with a minimum of motion and consistent motions.

It's weird but also very practical. See more here.

You can try it out by downloading this implementation (Windows only) and typing away. Number keys change the key, left hand increases pitch, right hand decreases.

(Thanks for the tip, Jonathan!)

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