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“MUSIC AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT”
Toy technology can offer the arts with an affordable, dynamic, and versatile musical platform for experiential learning or freestyle experimentation–able to inspire participation in the arts–and apparent technology may possess new capabilities that surpass strings and that are able to interpret artistic expression and musical nuances. Jeffrey’s goals are to potentially produce “higher creative performance” instruments as opposed to and in addition to “higher performance” instruments – stringless iterations that encourage freer movement or reduce physical stress and mental inhibition. Stringless platforms, as a result, can potentially interpret the natural movements of learners while paradoxically expanding on creativity to further challenge professional string players. Higher creativity means that there are more choices – more bits of information that are designed to express electroacoustic art mathematically. In other words, on the one hand, stringless instruments should be more forgiving and easier to play, and on the other hand, should provide experienced artists/composers with more ways to express themselves.
Non-electronic = Training Aid and Derivative Art
- Inspire Participation
- Less Committal
- Fun and Exploratory
- Social Value
Electronic = “Apparent Technology” and High-Quality Professional Art
- Cool Factor
- Synthesizer/Controller/e-Training Aid
- Alternative Expression
- Technologically Advanced
- New Capabilities and Gestures
Jeffrey has independently determined–based on a tremendous amount of technological analyses and due to a lack of reliable, or rather accessible, market research–that optical pitch sensors equipped with light sources that transmit collimated and converging infrared of varying frequencies (recommended) are better suited for musical counterparts when compared to thermal technologies that detect stationary or moving heat signatures because electromagnetic pulses can virtually simulate a vibrating string, and are more intuitive and inspirational from an operational/consumer perspective. Optical pitch sensors should also be more economical than the aforementioned, and music is a geometric art – not a photographic aesthetic. New capabilities, furthermore, can still be explored via controls and settings, and we hope that “fretless” designs for the guitar–for the benefit of the sector– fall within the scope of Jeffrey’s pending patent. Laser models are a good option for the toy market or music therapy; whereas, touch sensitive models are good options for learning and artistry.
Think about it… light complements sound because both are waveforms – light being more complex to potentially advance STEM intellection in the arts; and, touch-sensitive applications have enormous utilitarian potential appropriate for 21st-century engagement.