In the first of the session videos shared from ContinuuCon 2019, inventor Lippold Hakken discusses the evolution of the Continuum Fingerboard instrument.
ContinuuCon 2019, held May 30 to June 1 in Asheville, North Carolina, is annual event that focuses on the Haken Continuum Conference and expressive electronic music performance.
Here’s Hakken summary of the session:
“62 years before I started working on the Continuum Fingerboard, Leon Theremin built his instrument with pitch and dynamics determined by the performer in an electromagnetic control loop. This is the 37th year that I have been working to create the best electromagnetic instrument I can, with the performer in a timbre control loop that is fast, sensitive, and organic.
This is the 18th year, without sales price increases, for the Half-size and Full-size Continuum Fingerboards.
In this presentation I will show recent and ongoing improvements to the mechanical, electrical, and magnetic design of the Continuum Fingerboard. In addition, I will discuss my efforts to avoid sales price increases in the face of increasing component costs.
Finally, I will take apart a ContinuuMini, and show how its hardware design retains important core aspects of its big brothers, but at a much lower price point.”