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WebHexIso: A Customizable Web-based Hexagonal Isomorphic Musical Keyboard Interface

The research of musical isomorphism has been around for hundreds of years. Based on the concept of musical isomorphism, designers have created many isomorphic keyboard-based instruments. However, there are two major concerns: first, most instruments afford only a single pattern per interface. Second, because note actuators on isomorphic instruments tend to be small, the hand of the player can block the eye-sight when performing. To overcome these two limitations and to fill up the vacancy of web-based isomorphic interface, in this paper, a novel customizable hexagonal isomorphic musical keyboard interface is introduced. The creation of this interface allows isomorphic layouts to be explored without the need to download software or purchase a controller. additionally, MIDI devices may be connected to the web keyboard to display the isomorphic mapping of note being played on a MIDI device, or to produce control signals for a MIDI synthesizer.

Author(s):

Hanlin Hu     web site
Computer Science Department
University of Regina
Canada

David Gerhard     web site
Computer Science Department
University of Regina
Canada

 

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