When you think of your average, run-of-the-mill digital piano, you think, of course, first and foremost of the keys. Those dazzling black and white ivories, tinkling away. However, the future is here, and it has different ideas. Meet the Seaboard Grand. The futuristic keyless digital piano, that uses continuous touch ‘key-waves’. The fretless piano of the future.
Designed by award-winning London tech company ROLI, the Grand uses a soft pressure-sensitive interface, with infinite pitches, yet plays just like a piano. Due to these pitches, this futuristic keyless instrument has the ability to vibrate, bend and modulate tones, just by touching the “keys” themselves.
Inspiration at your fingertips
Such a fantastic, new creation the Seaboard Grand is, it’s rightfully earned respect from all around the world. Legendary composer Hans Zimmer, famous for musical scores such as The Lion King, and The Dark Knight trilogy to name but a few, helped promote the company, calling it “inspiring”. He also went on to state that;
“The Seaboard is really interesting, because you’re forever trying to figure out how to make music more expressive. I’ve always been involved in music and technology and this is quite a relationship we’re developing here … we’re trying to figure out how to get beyond the boundaries of technology that was invented 600 years ago or so.”
At the basis of this legendary design, is the companys prepeiortary sensor platform, the Sea Interface. It took a team of 40 engineers at Roli to construct, which took even more time due to the sensors laying on an undulating surface rather than a flat one. As an underlining result of this, you won’t be buying the Seaboard Grand with any spare change lying around.
Currently, there are three different versions of the Seaboard Grand available on the market, although the company aim to introduce more in the neat future. The 37-keywave Seaboard Grand Studio sits pretty at £1500, the 61-keywave Grand Stage, £2000 and the brand-new 88-keywave Grand Limited First Edition will cost you a whopping £7000. There are plenty of other cheaper more traditional digital pianos available on the market, but certainly none yet of this calibre.
So, a keyless digital piano. Who knows where else the future of digital music and instruments will take us? All that can be certain is, the future is here and is definately making a clear name for itself.