AlphaSphere - Now this is unique!
Let’s take advantage of this Christmas day to further explore some more strange and unique instruments. Discover the AlphaSphere!
AlphaSphere is an instrument as we rarely see, a sphere composed of pads that transmit notes, triggers samples, MIDI controllers…
Its design is interesting and should appeal to many musicians used to the stage looking to increase the visual appeal of their performance.
The AlphaSphere is a new musical instrument that opens up music making to a new generation of musicians. Designed for composition, production, performance and learning, each of the tactile pads are pressure sensitive and ergonomically mapped around the surface of sphere. Underlying the design is a geometric notational logic that allows the custom mappings to be created between different pads.
For example when a major scales are mapped around the rows of pads, perfect fifths can be played with opposing pads, resulting in circles of fifths spiraling around the AlphaSphere. Chords can also be mapped between different rows, and each pad, or set of pads, can have a custom mapping which means that as a user you can create your own perfectly mapped instrument.
As well as playing notes, the AlphaSphere is also able to trigger samples, sequences or other control data through the custom software AlphaLive. This allows you to control not only music production software but also Video Jockey software meaning that the AlphaSphere can be set up to control a full audio visual performance.
The AlphaSphere is used by musicians, composers, DJs, producers & VJs, and also has applications within education and music therapy.
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