[sdiy] LUMI keys
philgallo at gmail.com
Wed Jun 19 17:10:23 CEST 2019
Don, i agree with the philosophy of your "rant" (also the bag pipes as a
Isn't there a bit more, though ?
The pedagogical tradition includes "play along" - student plays with the
The illuminated key clavier idea would seem a close cousin to the "play
along" with Mel Bay 45rpm record that came with my Kay flattop?
I can play "Down in the Valley" to this day!
On Tue, Jun 18, 2019 at 1:31 PM Donald Tillman <don at till.com> wrote:
> I gotta rant...
> If learning to play a keyboard, or any musical instrument for that matter,
> is not a thoroughly joyful experience on its own, then you're doing it
> wrong, and no technological kluge is gonna help.
> Sure, sometimes there's a barrier to learning, such as developing
> callouses or an embouchure. That's not the case with a keyboard; you press
> the note and it plays.
> And sure, there are cases where you have a larger barrier. The string
> bass, for example, where your fingers bleed. And the bagpipes, where the
> neighbors burn your house down.
> But with musical instruments, like so many things in life, the journey is
> more important than the destination. The reason people learn musical
> instruments is because the process is rewarding.
> There have been a number of technology-driven learning guitars on
> KickStarter (GTar, Magic Instruments, etc.). I don't know of any that have
> been successful.
> -- Don
> Donald Tillman, Palo Alto, California
> > On Jun 18, 2019, at 11:53 AM, charlie <charlie at finitemonkeys.com> wrote:
> > i was thinking of making something like this, where it'd be a midi
> > something that laid over existing keys or just above it and it would
> > project onto the keys rather than the keys being illuminated, so it'd
> > work with more boards. i've seen ones that you layover and they light
> > up but don't really project. obviously for the black keys it'd just be
> > the devices illumination, or maybe some think acrylic to layover and
> > edge light
> > On Tue, 18 Jun 2019 at 10:41, Donald Tillman <don at till.com> wrote:
> >>> On Jun 18, 2019, at 9:11 AM, Neil Johnson <neil.johnson71 at gmail.com>
> >>> Saw this on kickstarter:
> >>> Polyphonic aftertouch AND blinky-lights!
> >> Everything old is new again.
> >> The Thomas Organ Company had the "Color Glo" organ, probably around
> 1969 or so:
> >> Wikipedia: Thomas Organ Company
> >> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Organ_Company#Color-Glo_system
> >> Heathkit offered a kit version.
> >> Here's a TV advertisement for the Color Glo organ featuring Liberace:
> >> https://youtu.be/i_uGHWpbp68
> >> -- Don
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