Monday, February 1, 2016

Customizable QWERTY synth instrument

Ever wish your computer keyboard could function like an electronic piano? I've written some code that does just that. I'd like to share it for free; I've had a lot of fun playing around with it and hope others will too. All that's necessary is to download the free ChucK programming language and IDE.

It may appeal to people with disabilities, chronic illness, or anything else that hinders the ability to play a traditional instrument but does not impede the use of a computer keyboard. It's also fun for music geeks with an interest in how the spatial arrangement of notes effects compositions/improvisations (e.g. consider how some chords are easier to visualize and articulate on a guitar vs a piano)

I'm struggling with a chronic illness myself, but am happy to forward the code to anyone who is intrigued. Interested parties, please leave a comment.