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|Subject:||Re: [HD] Wacky instrument layout idea (no surprise from me, I suppose)|
|From:||Paul Goelz <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Sun, 17 Nov 2013 16:10:57 -0500|
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I think that in order to play music, the player uses filters to make an instrument workable. Some filters are built into an instrument at the start, like a pentatonic xylophone, an autoharp, a mountain dulcimer or a diatonic hammered dulcimer. Some instruments have minor filters built in, like a piano having black keys for the non-C chromatics. Some have less, like a guiltar. Violin? Other than the open strings, not much to keep you out of trouble.
Interesting way of expressing it. I guess the idea is to employ the most APPROPRIATE filters to the instrument of choice. In your case, that might well be close to "zero". Although making the "target" (ie., the strings) bigger might help? I assume that is one reason it is possible to play larger reaches on the xylophone.
And on the theremin in my living room, no help at all, just one continuous pitch range, starting from about three feet away, to right up against the antenna, a note range of about 5 octaves with no physical indication of where you are. (It's impressive. If you heard me play, "amazing" would not be the word.)
Wow, is that a vintage instrument or a modern one? I've always thought the Theremin (and the development path it took) was fascinating.
So, the more filters you have, the harder you have to work to circumvent them.
Again, unless they are APPROPRIATE filters. Perhaps you are on track to invent a totally new instrument? There have been precious few innovations in the last, what, 100 years? The piano keyboard is about as universal an instrument that I can think of but that doesn't make it easy to play.
Paul Paul Goelz Rochester Hills, MI USA firstname.lastname@example.org
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