THE ARRAY MUSICBOARD (MBOARD) - Harmonic

Controller

A harmonic array of electronic touch buttons mounted under a smooth surface for playing music while using computers or electronic synthesizers to make the sounds. Fingers, thumbs and palms as well as hand held implements such as sticks and picks may strike pluck or strum across the playing field to activate the notes. The closest moves produce the most consonant harmonic changes.

THE ARRAY NAIL VIOLIN - Harmonic

Nail Violin

A harmonic array of tuned acoustic steel posts (nails)are mounted on a resonant wooden body. The posts are rubbed by fingers thumbs and palms that have been dusted with dancers rosin to produce notes that sound like a calliope or an organ

THE ARRAY MBIRA - Harmonic

Mbira

A harmonic array of tuned acoustic steel tines mounted on a resonant wooden body. The tines are plucked by the fingers and thumbs, or by picks to produce notes that sound similar to a music box or kalimba.

THE ARRAY RHYTHM MACHINE - Harmonic

Mbira

A harmonic array of weighted and tuned acoustic steel tines are mounted over striking posts that are in turn mounted on a resonant wooden body.The tines are activated by plucking or striking with the fingers and thumbs, or by striking with hand held sticks to produce automatically extended tempos that sound like metronomes. In this way multiple tempos may be combined to create intricate rhythms .

THE ARRAY PSALTRY - Harmonic

Mbira

A harmonic array of tuned acoustic steel piano wires are mounted on a resonant wooden body. The wires are plucked or strummed with fingers and thumbs, with picks, or they are struck with playing "hammers" to produce notes that sound similar to a dulcimer or harp.

THE ARRAY MUSICBOARD (MBOARD) - Melodic

Mbira

A melodic array of electronic touch buttons mounted under a smooth surface for playing music while using computers or electronic synthesizers to make the sounds. Fingers, thumbs and palms as well as hand held implements such as sticks and picks may strike pluck or strum across the playing field to activate the notes. The closest moves produce the most coherent melodic changes.

THE ARRAY RASP - Melodic

Mbira

A melodic array of precisely spaced (tuned) notches cut into acoustic steel square bars mounted on a resonant wooden body. Hand held curved scrapers are rubbed across the notches such that the primary pitch depends on the notch spacing of the bar and the speed of the scraper, while a second pitch is determined solely by the stop point on the scraper at which contact is made with the bar. The 2 notes of each of the two scrapers combine to produce 4 notes that sound like the calls made by various insects and amphibians..

THE ARRAY DRUM - Melodic

Mbira

A melodic array of weighted and tuned acoustic steel tines mounted on a resonant wooden body. The tines are stopped at chosen points by striking and holding them with fingers and thumbs, which may also strike or pluck the free ends as well. The tines vibrate to produce selected tempos that sound similar to the controlled bounce of drum sticks on a hard surface, allowing for great rhythmic speed and complexity.

THE ARRAY GUITAR - Melodic

Mbira

A melodic array of tuned wound (weighted) acoustic steel strings mounted along with frets on a resonant wooden body. The instrument is played by using the fingers and thumbs of both hands to stop the strings against the frets with a striking action that also activates the strings. The fingers and thumbs are also used to pluck and strum the stopped and open strings. A kaypo sets the key signature of the open strings. The sound is like that of both a guitar and a bass.

THE ARRAY VINA - Melodic

Mbira

A melodic array of tuned wound (weighted) acoustic steel strings mounted on a resonant wooden body. The instrument is played by stopping the strings with a slide held in the left hand while plucking or strumming them with the right hand, or by both stopping and "bowing" the strings with a long rod held in ether hand. A kaypo sets the key signature of the open strings. The sound is similar to an upright bass or a string section.

Harmonic Array Instruments

With instruments designed to have a harmonic array of notes all the differing note types that belong to a particular key signature are united in a particular area while differing note types that do not belong to that key signature are excluded from the area. This allows the individual to play wide ranging harmonies usually only approachable by large orchestras.

 

Melodic Array Instruments

With instruments designed to have a melodic array of notes all the differing note types that are closest in pitch are closest together, while differing note types that are more distant in pitch are more distantly separated. This allows the individual to play intricate melodies usually only attempted by rehearsed ensembles.