Friday, September 23, 2016

30 Days of Weird Instruments, DAY 13 -- the Chromatone 312

A piano has 88 keys. That's a whole lot!

Or maybe it isn't. A small Japanese company called Chromatome certainly didn't think so when they invented the Chromatome 312 -- a synthesizer with 312 unlabeled keys that sought to overhaul the long-standard 88 key layout for piano keyboards. It looks like a giant typewriter.

The practice required to manipulate hundreds (literally) of unlabeled keys would be massive indeed, but if you're looking for something with a high octave range, look no further.

I could be wrong here, but it seems that octaves (all the A notes, B notes, etc.) are grouped together, so there's a small ray of hope for anyone who dares to play this thing.

Monday's instrument might make you lose your marbles.

Purchase I AM DRUMS!

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