Help Kickstart these cool geometric music controllers


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/11/29/help-kickstart-these-cool-geom.html


#2

Let’s see now: if the sides of a pentagon map to a pentatonic scale, then those must be dodecahedrons, and the faces map to 12-TET, amirite?

@japhroaig, help me out here! This is supposed to be “intuitive and profound”, but I’m failing miserably at finding an advantage over more regular MIDI controllers…


#3

“intuitive and profound” = “Play while stoned”


#4

I hope they’re durable.


#5

Kickstarter? No thanks. Seriosly. I love the idea, but the best case scenario you will get a product which does about 80% of promised and there is no way to get a refund if you’re not happy with it. If you have money to throw around then great, do that. Otherwise: stay away from Kickstarter or other crowdfunding projects.


#6

I’ve tried it with each vertex representing a note, and the notes being arranged in pentatonic scales, but it doesn’t quite work out. I’d love to see the explanation, but I doubt it’s either intuitive or profound.

Yep. Checks out.


#7

Reminds me of the phonotonic controllers already available (www.phonotonic.net). Maybe the kickstarter controllers give you a deeper, more controllable experience, but you can try these out and figure out if you like this type of controller…


#8

Could be fun for adding music and sound effects to a game of D&D.


#9

Not sure it works out either. I think you’d have to consider adjacent faces (i.e., edges, not vertices), and then you’d have to include the face whose edges you’re counting. That gives hexachords, not pentatonic scales…

Might be able to arrange a novel performance of Lulu…


#10

I’m trying to get it and I really can’t. The polyhedra are truncated dodecahedra, where each pentagon borders five triangles and each triangle borders three pentagons. There are 12 pentagons and 20 triangles in total. I’m trying to fit a musical concept to this, but keep falling short. Pentatonic scales don’t quite work, and neither do just intonation or the circle of fifths so… ?

I’m sure the answer is really simple. Not elegant simple, but ripoff simple.


#11

Ah the ongoing craze to develop weird MIDI controllers! Let us always forget that 99.999% of musicians are happy with existing models so that we may build the better mousetrap.


#12

12-TET and 19-TET with the octave thrown in for good measure? I think the answer is indeed simple: the sounds are connected to movement in as arbitrary a fashion as you please.


#13

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