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Jun 18, 2010


David Randolph

The IsoKeys hyperlink includes a trailing period, which makes it not work. I can't edit the comment, so here is the link again. Click http://isokeys.sourceforge.net for all your Android isomorphic keyboarding needs.


David Randolph

As an Android user, I was disappointed not to find any isomorphic keyboards in the Android Market. So I created one myself. Dubbed IsoKeys, this free app will let the Android world join in the alternate keyboard revolution (or at least see what the fuss is about).

If you have an Android tablet or smartphone, please check out IsoKeys at http://isokeys.sourceforge.net. I will spend more time improving the app if I see it has found an audience.


John M.

I did see that and it was pretty cool (Rudes is a tasteful dude), but what really excites me is the portamento in two dimensions where the matrix paradigm still applies:

Each "note" is defined as whole number locations in Cartesian coordinates where (in the syntonic temperament) the root is (0,0), and (4,-2), or up 4 fifths and down two octaves, would be exactly a major third above the root. Any locations on a grid in between those whole number locations ("notes") could still have a defined pitch where something like (3.8, -2) would be up 3.8 fifths and down 2 ocaves. This applies to any tuning where the octave and fifth are of varied sizes, unlike the one dimensional layout of the MorphWiz.



Look at Jordan's MorphWiz app. It has some of the portamento ablility.


John M.

This is sooooo cool =D

One application for multitouch touchscreen isomorphic keyboards that I look forward to is the possibility for, instead of using regions or hexagons for each note, using exact points for each note and then having every location between the notes be the pitches "in between the notes". You could actually perform portamento by sliding between any two notes with your fingers. No more setting portamento time and speed because that would be determined by the speed you move your finger from note to note =)
Not to mention this same possibility's application to dynamic tonality...



[this is good] It's good to see some apps for isometric keyboards appearing at last!


William, yep, innovation is definitely speeding up - It does give one pause; perhaps the singularity does drawn nigh. This one of the reasons, if the truth be known, for me investing time in the jammer blog, rather than making a profit.
I reason that becoming known as an expert in something will have more value in the near future than simple money.

William Croft

Ken, thanks for the Rudess update.  Amazing.  There IS an iPhone app similar to Morphwiz, called Bebot.  I'm going to check it out later today.  And I also ran across another hex keyboard app, but using (I think) the Axis type of layout, Hex Keys and Hex OSC.

Keep us updated.  Evolution is speeding up, or is it my imagination?

William Croft

Ken, super!  I also think there will be some experiments with thin plastic sheet overlays on these multitouch devices.  Such that the key positions have holes over them.  This will then give the fingertips a slight amount of feedback that they are positioned correctly over the 'home keys'.  And ease in reaching for distant notes by feel.  Minimizing the need for constant visual feedback.

re: key 'volume' sensitivity: I think there may be ways to find out how much fingertip AREA is depressed on the surface.  Not same as velocity, but could give some control.


[this is good] What Michael has done is great. It gives more people a chance to test out an alternate keyboard layout.

iPad is not velocity sensitive at the moment. I think it is more suitable as a proof of concept for performing instrument.

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