Yamaha produced a kind of experimental control surface for electronic musicians called the Tenori-On. The interface is a little too experimental for my taste, but it does show how you can control almost every aspect of a multi-track composition with a simple matrix of lights – track volume, modulation, instrument selection, melodic sequencing and pattern composition to name a few. I had a chance to play with a software reproduction of this device for the iPhone. The result is a very rough sketch of a melodic electronica vibe:
Long time readers will know we’ve covered the steel drum version, now hear a very capable and quite nicely played steel string acoustic version of electronic wunderkind Aphex Twin’s beautiful melodic array that is Alberto Balsalm
The harmonics are ingenious. Boy can play!