[sdiy] Symmetrical Keyboards

Michael Tamney mtamney at gmail.com
Tue Feb 20 02:52:02 CET 2018


Dolores Catherino has a lot of good videos online of her many polychromatic
keyboards. I think she's using this one in the video:
https://hpi.zentral.zone/tonalplexus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRw9fCQIn6Q

On Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 8:50 AM, Chromatest J. Pantsmaker <
chromatest at azburners.org> wrote:

> Found an old version of his website.
>
> https://web.archive.org/web/20031120202717/http://ragzpol.com:80/
>
> 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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