The Australian artist Dan McPharlin is responsible for these incredible miniature synthesizers. Dan certainly has an eye for science-fiction art. He’s created album covers, logos, and illustrations for magazines, but these tiny keyboards are my personal favorite.
Unfortunately, the synthesizers are not playable, but maybe that’s asking a bit much.
When asked about his interest in Synthesizers and Music in an interview, Dan responded:
“Music is very important. I feel a bit like I’m losing my soul if I’m not creating music regularly. The things I’m drawn to in music are similar to those I’m drawn to in visual art; form, space, atmosphere. I love music that evokes strange worlds, sound environments that seem more like natural phenomena than anything created by human or machine. I’m always listening to something while I work on my art; there are a handful of artists that tend to inspire the right mood while I’m creating; Gyorgy Ligeti, Arvo Part, Klaus Schulze, Jeff Mills, Basic Channel, Toru Takemitsu are a few names that come to mind.”
Also impressive is the sheer number of the miniature synthesizers he’s created. Check them all out at his Flickr page.
“This isn’t a game system that roughly maps your hand movements. The Leap technology is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market — at any price point. Just about the size of a flash drive, the Leap can distinguish your individual fingers and track your movements down to a 1/100th of a millimeter.”
I imagine the software will lag behind the hardware (i.e. kinect), but it will catch up eventually, and we’ll have some very cool applications for this — Iron Man-esque design, gaming, sculpture, robotics, surgery, and more.
Check out this video for some more ideas:
I can’t vouch for the product because I’ve never used it, but you can now Purchase the Leap Technology here:
In anticipation of a new RobotSpaceBrain project titled, KEYZ, I created this Keyz Desktop Wallpaper for you. If you can’t tell, these are keyboards, a WHOLE LOT of keyboards, that my friend Nick has collected over the years.
We will be doing a bit of cataloging in the near future, including sound bites, videos and ratings for many of them.
Look forward to more from this project in the summer and early fall.