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Musician reveals new music instrument that requires no touch

Music instrument launched that requires no touch - airpiano
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A musician with a taste for quirky music instruments has revealed her latest obsession – an instrument that has nothing to pluck, press, strike, strum or scrape.

Jo Hamilton is one of the first musicians to play the AirPiano, a music instrument that has a solid base unit that fires up sensors that can be manipulated by hand movements, reported the Guardian.

The 38-year-old folk musician said that the simplicity of the AirPiano was one of the things that drew her to the instrument.

Describing the music instrument, she told the newspaper: "I'm not a particularly tech-minded girl. I've always thought of it as a grid of buttons that hover, invisibly, above this… plank. When you put your hands into one of the virtual spaces, a sound is triggered."

She added that playing the music instrument was akin to dancing.

"You have to think about the choreography of the piece," she said.

There are a number of key qualities needed from musicians keen on taking up the AirPiano, including refined limb control and good spatial awareness.

Having come from a remote village in the Scottish highlands, Ms Hamilton would make the most of her isolation by learning how to play various instruments like the viola.

Elsewhere, Adam Place, an inventor, has pioneered a new football-shaped music instrument called the AlphaSphere, which creates sounds via a number of sensitive pads that make up the object.

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Posted on 11 Jul 2011 09:28 to category : Instruments News

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