‘CONTINUUM’, For Haken Continuum Fingerboard

Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a live performance of CONTINUUMfor Haken Continuum Fingerboard played by Robert Schwimmer.

Composed by Schwimmer for the American Festival of Microtonal Music 9/20/12. The performance also features Johnny Reinhard on bassoon.

The Haken Continuum

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Multi-instrumentalist Peter Pringle has a new toy – a Haken Continuum Fingerboard.

Fortunately, Pringle doesn’t just collect cool toys, he uses them in very musical ways and captures his performances on video.

Here’s what he has to say about his new Haken Continuum Fingerboard: Continue reading

Haken Continuum Synth Jam

Sunday Synth Jam: Rune Flobakk jams on the Haken Continuum Fingerboard:

My first recording attempt with my 2 days old Continuum. Obviously I need a lot of practice to master it. I use a slightly tweaked preset from the internal sound engine of the Continuum. It could probably be mixed a bit louder in some parts though.

The tune is Just Another Story, one of my favourite Jamiroquai songs.

Designed by Dr. Lippold Haken and manufactured by Haken Audio, the Continuum Fingerboard is a musical instrument that offers realtime continuous control in three dimensions for every finger that is placed on the playing surface.

Included internally is a custom designed synthesizer, specifically programmed to take advantage of the expressive musical possibilities of the Continuum.

The Continuum is available in full-size (nearly 8 octaves) and half-size (nearly 4 octaves) versions.

Mark Smart’s Awesome + Insane ‘Island at the Center of the World’

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This is an excerpt of Mark Smart’s prog-rock Tesla Coil piece Island at the Center of the World, which is about the history of Easter Island.

Tesla coils were used to create musical pitches via a control system designed by university student Steve Ward. Two coils were used. The right coil is playing a prerecorded MIDI track, acting as the bass, and the left one is performed live as a lead sound via the Haken Continuum fingerboard.

In spite of the frigid temperatures (4 degrees Fahrenheit, 26 mph winds), the concert was well attended and was voted the most popular event of the open house.

For performing a prog-rock piece about Easter Island on Tesla Coils using an alternative music controller in frigid weather, Smart deserves a special insulated prog keyboard god cape. Continue reading

Radical iPad Synthesizer, MorphWiz, Now Available

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iPad Music Software: Jordan Rudess’ new iPad synth, MorphWhiz, is now available in the App Store.

MorphWiz was inspired, in part, by the success of the Haken Continuum Fingerboard, a radical MIDI instrument that Jordan uses on stage and in the studio with Dream Theater. Like the Continuum, Jordan Rudess’ MorphWiz is a vertical grid-based musical instrument that allows a whole new level of expressive control.

“Our goal was to create an instrument that would allow the seamless morphing of the audio and visual domain while delivering a seamless musical experience,” explains Rudess. “I believe the iPhone/iPad multitouch platform opens up a whole new world of creation of electronic musical instruments and we’re proud MorphWiz is our first major offering. My experience and involvement with the Haken Continuum and extraordinary Bebot app brought to life an advanced pitch control system that is still uncharted territory for many in today’s music instrument world. This is the heart of MorphWiz.”

MorphWiz retails for $9.99.  Continue reading

The Haken Continuum Controller

Jan Hinnerk Helms demonstrates the possibilities and sounds of the Haken Continuum three-dimensional MIDI-controller in a workshop at Schneiders Buero. Continue reading