About Us

We are a loose-affiliation of music people that are using and/or promoting and/or building
Alternative Musical Instruments, usually keyboards.

This site is about . . .

Alternate, better musical instruments, especially keyboards, naturally. We're not fussy, even the boring, century old von Janko design is included here, albeit with a new twist or two.

Help Needed!

If you have experience in ...  

  1. Blogging
  2. Editing
  3. Reviewing
  4. Contacting other groups
We could really use your help!

How will we measure success?

When some major magazine publishes an article about one of our instruments.


Bloggers we follow
Other alternate music people you should know about
     Jim Plamonodon has retired for now.

Writing Guidelines

We are looking for articles in a light, breezy style, with simple illustrations and demos, and vocabulary and phrasing must reflect the fact that many readers of this site are English-as-a-second-language.
For the moment, Ken is the Editor-in-Chief. You are urged to take his opinions and suggestions seriously. His tantrums are legendary.


Ken Rushton (MusicScienceGuy)

Motto: Music is very simple...only the piano and score make it look hard

  • Lives in Greater Vancouver, BC
  • Computer systems analyst (a nerd) for more than a few years
  • Plus about 3+ years of university-level chemistry and math
  • Has pushed a few electrons around too: understand resonance and impedance
  • Dedicated student (whatever that means) of all the sciences
    (I read New Scientist for breakfast ... really)
  • Have a mind that cross-integrates science facts
  • That's me in the cartoon, to the right, with the paint brush
  • Spent about an equivalent of a years study on psycho-acoustics, the science of hearing

My Goals, to become:

  1. An excellent, accurate singer
  2. A decent keyboard player 

I started out about 10 years ago at solid 0 on a scale of 1 to 10 (could not sing much of anything on pitch, due to growing up in a profoundly a-musical family).

Such musical ignorance has risks: I flirted with death many times: I could spot a single violinist in the university orchestra flub a note by half a semi-tone. (I'm not unique - most people can do this). If I was impolite enough to mention this, or even to twitch a disdainful finger, my girlfriend (later my wife) would hiss "you can't sing a single note on pitch - don't you talk" and threaten to strangle me. 

As they said of the talking dog; "'tis not that he speaks poorly, 'tis a wonder that he speaks at all". I read a book or three on how music is perceived and generated and figured out what goes on "behind the curtains" in music, and used it to help myself learn.

Aside: It's actually relatively simple, but just hard-ish to explain, but with the web I have facilities (pictures, sounds, animation) that can a writer could never have dreamed of, 20 years ago.

My interest in the jammer keyboard is because I'm too lazy to learn a hard, confusing instrument like the standard keyboard ... even though I have one in my living room. Said keyboard is my wife's, who is an superb pianist and singer. She's at the opposite end of the talent range, a solid ten.

Now I've reached the point where to improve further I must learn an instrument (for timing, chord structure and harmony). I now have 4 Axis-49s, and have converted them into two full two-handed jammers. It has the simple and easy to learn (really!) folded-scale layout (technically know as Wicki-Hayden) - think of it as a miniaturized, simplified piano.

You are invited to follow my half-cracked adventures in learning to play it.