Photos Courtesy of ROLI
Experimental musicians take note! ROLI's Seaboard takes the standard piano and reimagines it into a soft, pliable surface allowing for direct manipulation of sound. With polyphonic pitch bend, vibrato and per-note dynamic changes, the instrument intends on changing how you make music by combining the traditional with technological advancements.
Thanks to the rubber-like surface, you are able to rub your finger across the board to alter the sound of a note, modulating the pitch, volume and timbre. Since it's tactile, you're able to actually physically connect with the music in completely new ways. Sliding your finger side to side will alter the pitch, while moving it up and down will change the volume and timbre. Running along the top and bottom of the "keyboard" are glissando ribbons, which makes it easy to "start playing one keywave, then slide to any other keywave you choose in one fluid gesture, even allowing multiple notes to glissando independently at the same time."