[sdiy] Symmetrical Keyboards

Chromatest J. Pantsmaker chromatest at azburners.org
Mon Feb 19 16:50:17 CET 2018

Found an old version of his website.


On Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 5:38 AM, Roman Sowa <modular at go2.pl> wrote:

> Or another interesting concept - Ragzpol - a pole/pipe that lets you play
> different scales only by sliding a finger.
> I'm affraid the creator has lost hope for bringing it to wider audience,
> so the website is gone. Here are the last pieces of description I could
> find:
> https://www.newsreview.com/chico/run-it-up-the-ragzpol/content?oid=33043
> https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/01489260332
> 2022709?journalCode=comj
> Roman
> W dniu 2018-02-19 o 12:37, sleepy_dog at gmx.de pisze:
> Hey all,
>> In my quest for old keyboards I accidentally stumbled upon this:
>> http://www.le-nouveau-clavier.fr/english/
>> Interesting. I have thought about that for a long time, but don't know
>> too much about music theory as to come up with an own scheme that makes
>> sense, but alternate coloring to orient oneself on a "not chromatic" (hah
>> that sounds contradictory) layout keyboard, that much seemed obvious.
>> So not only I, someone who occasionally plays things by ear and has not
>> pounded scales into his mind, thought something like this could be a good
>> idea.
>> It's actually hundreds of years old.
>> So one guy mentioned there changed his Kurzweil into a symmetric layout
>> by ordering a lot of replacement 'D' keys. But how to get the extra small
>> keys in there, the keybed would not have support for that?
>> Anyway, at some point I might further investigate this subject.
>> Maybe a few other people also find this interesting.
>> (in one youtube thread a self-professed 40-years virtuoso pianist didn't
>> see the point of alternate keyboards and "scales are no problem, just
>> practise them". But if you have a mind that sees and strongly dislikes
>> inefficiencies and obviously unnecessary work, it's really tough! Lol.)
>> - Steve
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