Eaton-Moog Multiple-Touch-Sensitive Keyboard

Synthtopia has written about the Eaton-Moog Multiple-Touch-Sensitive Keyboard which was designed in collaboration between John Eaton and Robert Moog, and now reportedly resides in Eaton’s attic.

The [device] is “the world’s most sensitive musical instrument next to the human voice,” according to Eaton. “Playing it is a kind of combination of playing a a very sensitive stringed instrument and playing a keyboard instrument.”

The keys on the 49-note keybaord respond to five motions: the distance a key is depressed; the finger’s front and back position and motion on each key; the finger’s side-to-side position and motion on each key; the total area a flattened finger covers on each key; and pressure on a key after it is depressed fully.

Wow! That’s some control mechanism.

And of how easy it is to play?

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“It’s very difficult to play. But an instrument should be difficult to play. That’s the only way to master musical materials, by overcoming these difficulties,”

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