WNAMM05: New MIDI Controller Breaks with Conventions

Continuum Fingerboard gives a player deeper expression      01/02/05

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WNAMM05: New MIDI Controller Breaks with Conventions


Another gem from the lower floor of the convention this: the Continuum Fingerboard from Haken Audio is a MIDI note and controller interface using FireWire as it’s communication. It’s probably best described as a fretless keyboard, there are no actual keys, only visual divisions on the soft playing surface which allows for velocity, X (L-R pitch),Y (front-back controller) and Z (pressure). The performer must place fingers accurately to play in tune and can slide or rock fingers for glissando and vibrato. A surface guide pattern assists the player in accurately playing a desired equal tempered pitch. In this guide pattern each “D” note has a circular mark for added visual reference. Any alternate tuning is at the performer’s disposal by varying away from this equal tempered reference. The z (pressure) position of each finger provides dynamic control. The performer produces tremolo by changing the amount of finger pressure. An experienced performer may simultaneously play a crescendo and diminuendo on different notes. The y (front-to-back) position of each finger provides additional timbre control for each note in a chord. By sliding fingers in the y direction while notes are sounding, the performer can create timbre glides. Depending upon the capabilities of the synthesizer used with the Continuum Fingerboard, the y position can have a variety of effects. One possibility is to let the y position on the Continuum Fingerboard correspond to the bowing position on a string instrument, where bowing far from the bridge produces a mellower sound and bowing near the bridge produces a brighter sound. Another possibility is to let y morph between timbres of different acoustic instruments. In either case, the performer can bring out certain notes in a chord not only by playing them more loudly, as on a piano, but also by playing them with a different timbre quality. We saw a fascinating demo of the Continuum fingerboard in action under the skilled control of Ed Eagan, a sound designer interfaced with the Kyma system.
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    1 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
    sarth    Said...

    some current continuum fingerboardexamples: go to youtube and search for "Lucibel Crater."

    28-Oct-09 07:21 PM


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