College

College of Liberal Arts

Department

Music Department

Degree Name

BA in Music

Date

6-2018

Advisor(s)

Antonio Barata, Meredith Brammeier

Abstract/Summary

The purpose of this project is threefold: 1) to create the Au- dynus, an electric keyboard with broader functionality than a standard electric keyboard which permits extended control in performance and DAW (digital audio workspace) input, 2) to create an informative document outlining the creation process in detail, and 3) to compose a music showcasing characteristics of the instrument, especially those that contrast with a standard keyboard. This keyboard will explore the limits of current keyboards, and will differ from others in that each key will have two alterable MIDI CC (Musical Instrument Digital Interface Constant Control) Parameters. While this device will be somewhat like synthesizers such as the Seaboard, this instrument will more closely mirror a traditional keyboard, making it more appealing to pianists, and furthermore this instrument will be intentionally narrow in scope, giving the user control over two changeable pa- rameters, allowing users to stretch the limits of traditional keyboard playing in their own way. Each key will be able to move forward and backward, increasing or decreasing the volume effortlessly in a hybrid fashion that will combine the capabilities of technological keyboard instruments with traditional, non-technological keyboard instruments, and will furthermore include pressure sensitivity on each key, often used in aftertouch. The physical manipulation of the keys will allow more precise control and awareness of the key positioning, creating greater dynamic control and emulating a wind or string instrument.

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