Some people will go to great lengths just to avoid playing scales on a traditional piano-style keyboard. Rick Riday’s apparently Riday T-91 keyboard is immortalized this week on the Matrixsynth blog (via flickr). There’s a discussion of the keyboard there in comments: apparently the keyboard layout is isometric, like the Samchillian and Thummer covered earlier this year. (Note, too, the link to a free QWERTY utility for Windows for trying out your own keyboard layouts.) The effect is a little bit like a peculiar organ adapted for marching band, or a Gothic alt-keytar, but is that a trackball in the corner?

Many people now are rightfully interested more in new instruments that eschew keyboards completely for new interfaces, but there’s something beautiful in all these failed ideas.

  • Is this the same layout as the Bilinear Chromatic Keyboard?

  • Rick Riday

    Just for kicks, I googled my name today & got this page. It's good to see that there is stil interest in new keyboard ideas. I play my invention regularly, and am sad I never was able to bring it to the general public.

  • Gonz

    This is a great invention, the problem could be that it looks like a radical new way of playing although acordeonists and kids would find it easier to abord than adults. I'm really ansious to find or develop a bilinear weighted keyboard. I think that would be easier for actual pianists to grab. Surely not in conservatories yet. Congratulations for your invention.