This NPR interview features Roland Lamb, the creator of the new ROLI Seaboard Grand musical instrument.
Lamb describes the Seaboard as “a futuristic version of the piano.”
Instead of individual keys, there are two rows of rounded bumps that look like hot dogs sliced in half, made of grey silicone. The Seaboard’s rubbery surface lets you control the intensity of each individual note.
“You can press harder or softer to control the volume, to simulate the volume swell of a stringed instrument,” notes Roli employee Heen-Wah Wai.
The interview offers Lamb’s perspective on why new keyboard instruments are necessary:
For now, instruments like the Seaboard Grand are relatively expensive options, and will probably find only a niche audience, as a result.
But the availability of devices like the Seaboard Grand highlight the limitations of standard synth controllers. Why control state-of-the-art synths with 600 year-old keyboard designs?
Check out the interview and let us know what you think!