Poor Monome, with just 64 buttons. Back in the 90s, Nicholas Fournel (who just sent us his MIDI tablet software) built a massive plexiglass touch-screen instrument called the Semekrys. Two of them were sensitive to a 1000×1000 grid. (Okay, not quite the same as 64 buttons, but then this is transparent and looks absurdly cool even in an age with more touchscreens.)

Proof that the search for expressive touch interfaces is still an ongoing one:

Semekrys

  • John Feick

    Help needed. I am developing a touchscreen program to assist brain injured, stroke and limited function persons. They sometimes have music ability beyond expectations. I hope to make music one of 20 features My hope is for a touchscreen instrument that can make and modify music with close to performance capability. To fit, perhaps virtual buttons, not virtual Midi keys.And pedal looping – which I see as the easiest advanced feature. ie: the post Cassio keyboard, a modern Moog. The market needs this and embedding a prototype in my healthcare program would be a great market test,provide income and give my effort a boost.Do you have the basics,with wavs or voice? Picture a touchscreen clipped across the front of a wheelchair, or flat on a tabletop. Any suggestions?

  • Anthony

    This technology should be expanded. What I mean is, this touch screen should be used as, for example, a piano keyboard, or a guitar fretboard, etc. The technology is certainly there!