Silicon Dragon Salon: Tony Chan about AlphaSphere
Serial entrepreneur Tony Chan about AlphaSphere, a new musical instrument that opens up music making to a new generation of musicians. Designed for composition, production, performance and learning, each of the tactile pads are pressure sensitive and ergonomically mapped around the surface of sphere. Underlying the design is a geometric notational logic that allows the custom mappings to be created between different pads. The AlphaSphere was invented by Adam Place who set-out to create an instrument that would be open to more musical styles and playing techniques than a keyboard, when he realized the possibilities of music production. After having the original idea and producing the first prototype Adam was awarded a scholarship to study at Nagoya University of Arts, in Japan, where he refined the concept.