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Published on Oct 4, 2011
here it is - the 2nd version of the portable piano that various folks in my circle have heard about. designed by me, and brought to physical life by the labors of Kevin Siebold of Krappy Guitars. i call it the hypertap. it's based somewhat on the design of a Harpejji (http://www.marcodi.com) but this instrument is more travel sized with a largely fretless fingerboard. it has 2 frets with16 strings featuring piezo saddles for each string.
after the better part of a month spent soldering custom buffer circuits by Austin Ziltz, wiring everything together, and eventually shielding everything inside, it has been brought to life. thanks to Kevin, Austin, Mandy and others for helping me with advice, tools, and expertise.
part of the reason i did this was to have a travel version of a piano's insides that could still be triggered by traditional piano technique, in case there was no piano or if there were restrictions on preparing it. for those of you who know my work, i do a lot of prepared piano (you can check out examples on http://www.scottrlooney.com). anyway i'm really pleased with the flexibility and responsiveness of the instrument.
future plans are to outfit it with sensors for computer control