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Aug 26, 2009



I agree with all of John's points above. I note that the Harmonic Axis method seems to have two fingerings, and to my eye and experiment, was harder to relate to a score.


[this is good]

Wow, impressive.


Music Learner

John M.

Here are the advantages of the wicki/hayden layout:
1. Compact diatonic scale. The major scale and the modes thereof are right under the fingers.  I have been practicing the layout on my keyboard and got my axis a few days ago and have found that most musical ideas such as scales scales and chords to be far more intuitive on the wicki/hayden layout than the layout the axis originally used.  The fact that the octave is directly above a given note (up two rows) is very useful and contributes to its intuitive nature.
2. Less redundant notes per octave. The axis has every single note up the chromatic scale doubled in it's layout for convenience and ergonomics, whereas the same button field with a wicki/hayden layout has less redundancy, and therefor a larger range. The ideal wicki/hayden layout has actually nine or ten buttons per horizontal row as opposed to seven and has slightly more redundancy than the one he's created here, but still less than the axis layout.
3. The redundant notes that the wicki/hayden layout presents are relevant theoretically. On the wicki/hayden layout there is a button on the left side of the diatonic scale where the flats are for Eb, and a different button on the right side for D#.
This theory leads to real applications, like if one were to decide to use a tuning with an altered size fifth, in which case there would be a slight difference between Eb and D# and this layout would allow one to play one or the other depending on which diatonic note was modified.
This is because instead of having its layout defined by a number of semitones per interval, the wicki/hayden layout lends itself to a method where all notes are derived from the parameters of the size (in cents) of the fifth and octave:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cent_(music)http://www.thummer.com/papers/matrix.pdfThese are the same parameters off of which tuning in the syntonic temperament is based, which is tied in with another advantage:
4. The possibility of fingering invariance across different tunings.  All two dimensional layouts have the possibility to play in alternate tunings if one defines different sizes for the fifth and octave and uses these parameters to define the rest of the layout, but because the wicki/hayden layout is built off of these intervals it requires far fewer buttons/octave to play them.http://www.thummer.com/ThumTone/Tuning_Invariant_Layouts_Last_Draft.pdf
Most of this I learned directly from Jim Plamondon of Thumtronics(http://www.thummer.com/)and from the papers above which he, in cooperation with others, has written.

Keats' Handwriting

Oh - also- you just post a youtube vid- Id like to see the jammer in action!

Keats' Handwriting

ow that is pretty sweet... I esp like the nano pad in the middle. very creative. I just got a nanopad and i really like it . great deal.


also got a nanokontrol, but i'm assuming you dont work with filters and all that?


also the nanokeys- seems a bit expensive for a foot  controller that is basically just an on and off switch.  CDM had a post on rigging up a keyboard (QWERTY) and taking out the keys.  Could be free if youve got keyboards laying around like i do.




anyways, kudos again.


p.s.  I know you explained it in previous posts, but I had a hard time understanding why you liked the Wicki pattern (is that the name for the reconfiguered pattern?) instead of the pattern that the axis comes with.


Do you find it easier to play with the Wicki layout?

William Croft

Very cool Mr. Ken.  Keep improvising!

Grant Muller

Wow, that's excellent! I'd like to hear some of the output from this setup. Is it relatively easy to interact with?

John M.

Congratulations Ken, I really dig the setup with the nanopad.  I don't have one, would you highly recommend it?

Looks professional :-)

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