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Keyboard design

A summary of my work with keyboards
Read here about my 30 years of designing and
building innovative keyboard instruments.

Rethinking the musical instrument keyboard
The conventional keyboard hasn't changed significantly in 500 years.
It's time for some fresh thinking. We start by examining
what features are central to the concept of a keyboard.

The traditional musical instrument keyboard
What are the special strengths and weaknesses of
the traditional music keyboard? Does it make as little sense
as the QWERTY typewriter keyboard?

Refinements of traditional keyboard design
What improvements can be make to the traditional keyboard
without changing its basic design?

The general keyboard
An alternative keyboard design, which breaks many of
the limitations of the traditional keyboard.

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Last revised 22 March 1997