The Seaboard is a new musical instrument that uses a soft-touch, custom-built, pressure-sensitive interface that allows players to manipulate the Seaboard Grand's sounds. As seen in the video demo from Roli below, the keyboard make all manner of modulations of the sound directly via the keys.
This in itself is a lot like the Haken Continuum. However I did like the fact that the Seaboard follows a raised "black notes" layout, as opposed to the completely flat interface of the Continuum.
I was also intrigued to find that Jordan Rudess, who according to Wikipedia is "a major proponent of the Continuum in contemporary music", is listed as "Head Of Music Experience" for Roli, developers of the Seaboard.
It seems Rudess' instruments of choice will continue to evolve, as may the format of the traditional keyboard.
Paul Doolan provides online keyboard recording sessions for bands and solo artists.
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