Hands On

A revolutionary keyboard design

Instead of typing, you use combinations of finger movements, making small clicks under each finger pad on two handheld, gesture-sensitive grips. The key, so to speak, is complete ergonomics. Like playing a flute or saxophone, the user becomes familiar with the proper finger combinations to make each letter and the modifier keys for shift, cmd, etc.

There is also pressure sensitive data being communicated and encoded for text to speech processing which will be of great use to journalists and authors whose work will be read aloud by machine. This is a new idea altogether. Allowing each word to be emphasized as intended by the original author. One squeezes with the right hand for a phrase to go up and with the left to go down.

Together Work

A Harmony Room

Participants work in groups of two.  The first person walks into the room where their position determines a musical pitch.  As they move about, they change the pitch of the audible signal.  They are free to choose a place to stand as they're comfortable.  Once set, the second person enters the room and seeks to find a harmonious frequency with their partner.  Depending on the musical ability and difficulty settings of the program, the participants might hear a ding or get a haptic signal once they are in the proper place.  They can then begin to stack more harmonies or choose to begin a tempo and time themselves.  Could also be modified to teach students musical intervals, projecting them onto the screen as they move about.

Visitations from the deep..

an "always" on digital recorder

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Musicians like Neil Young have likened the role of songwriter to that of a medium. One is simply tuned into the cosmic radio station from which these beautiful utterances flow. Most often I’ll find myself receiving these blessings just as I’m dozing off to bed - in that space between asleep and awake. I will hear the most beautiful symphony playing in my head. And I will listen for a while… Then the thought occurs “You’ve got to record this you fool!” And I try to take a fragment with me, often only a snippet, for to stop the symphony, I’ve got to step out of the hall and make a call… And sure enough, I lose the sweeping numbers in the time and space between raising myself out of bed, grabbing and unlocking my phone, opening the voice memos app and pressing record. It is usually reduced to a single measure - a fragment of it’s original and fleeting glory.

One way to preserve more of these precious fragments, save serious esoteric intervention or spiritual practice, is to have an “always-on” recording device, placed within ear shot, on a 2 hour recording loop. It’s short enough to where you don’t need a lot of memory to keep it running. 

When you have noted something you need, you simply stop the recorder and export the file to the cloud (or your flash drive if you don't want potential hackers or nefarious government actors listening in).  You could take then that file and export it to your favorite DAW to make a demo.  This way as little is lost as possible.  Perhaps you're in the shower or brushing your teeth, as often happens to me, and you get a great melody in your head, or a whole song even?  There are blue-tooth devices that can be placed at the electrical socket to listen and beam back to the main station.

Demo Dan

a standalone 8 track digital recorder and workstation

Record-Ready function is on permanent stand-by, waiting to record at the flip of one switch - no boot up, no programs or plugins to wait to load, no screens or mice - because pure and fresh inspiration can be lost in the time that we sit waiting...

Knob-per-function design.  Immediately ready to record on 4 tracks at the flick of a single switch.  Ergonomic design on a custom stand.  Exports WAV files for digital editing.  Flash Memory.  Built-in goose-neck mic.  Inputs for Mic, DI, and 1/8th".  Open-source design to integrate tape saturation plugins (Tascam 388 emulation anyone?) and to allow plugin manipulation.