Things are definitely heating up in the alternate keyboard realm.
The Dualo Du-touch, a unique keyboard instrument with 2 physical keyboards, and a unique note array, is in production and the first run has shipped, with more available for purchase with a November ship date. It's quite a wild, grass-roots project, done by a bunch of keen amateurs, yet the product just might shake up the musical world.
In one light, compact and very portable device, you have a complete keyboard (albeit split over two physical sub-keyboards). What is impressive is what they have packed into it; it's "basic" features are, well basically everything:
A truly unusual note lay-out
Now, it has a rather novel note layout. Within an octave, two hands play alternate notes! Here's why: in this instrument notes go up only a semi-tone side-ways, but go up a third in the "outwards from the body" direction. On one hand the notes go up on the odd notes: root => thirds => fifths => sevenths => ninths etc. So on the other hand you must play the "even" notes, the Seconds => Forths => Sixths => octaves, etc. This may take a bit of time to understand but is worth the effort:
It makes an interesting musical sense: in lots of common music chords and notes are played in a odd-even, odd-even pattern. With this instrument, such common patterns will be about twice as easy / fast to play.
Although the keyboard is physically symmetric, the
instrument is not played symmetrically.This anti-symmetric system is interesting in light of
recent discoveries concerning symmetry and keyboard learning.
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