The Rise Of A New Instrument
By HC News |
Sept 10, 2015
London, United Kingdom – ROLI, an award-winning technology company pushing the boundaries of music creation, today announces the Seaboard RISE, a universally accessible music-making device that empowers musicians to do more with a keyboard than ever before.
The Seaboard RISE is a next-generation musical instrument. Traditional keyboards are a dominant tool for music makers worldwide, but their expressive range is frustratingly limited. Playing on the Seaboard RISE’s supple, sensor-loaded, continuous surface, musicians shape notes with unprecedented expressiveness, modulating the character of sound in real time with simple movements of the finger.
The Seaboard RISE builds on the technologies of the awardwinning Seaboard GRAND,which CNN called “the piano of the future” and Sound on Sound called a “bold, groundbreaking new instrument”that “has capabilities and a character that nothing else quite matches.” Since its debut, leading artists including luminaries such as Jamie xx, Jamie Cullum, and A. R. Rahman have composed, produced, and performed live with the Seaboard GRAND.
Like the Seaboard GRAND, the Seaboard RISE features patented SEA Interface technology, which remodels the keyboard as a pressuresensitive, continuous surface that responds to even the subtlest gestures. Selling for $799 (£599) and designed to be portable, the Seaboard RISE is the first truly accessible next-generation music controller.
Jordan Rudess, Grammy-nominated keyboard virtuoso, member of Dream Theater, and Head of Music Experience at ROLI, commented, “The Seaboard is not only making waves in the music industry. It is poised to be the most significant evolution of a musical instrument in the last 300 years. I’m personally excited about the release of the Seaboard RISE, and beyond my own obvious passion I expect to see it fully embraced by music makers everywhere.”
The Seaboard RISE is now available for preorder on www.roli.com and at select music stores. It will ship and be available in store at retail outlets globally from October. To see and hear the Seaboard RISE, watch the video at www.roli.com.
ROLI is a design-led music technology company based in East London. ROLI makes hardware and software products designed to increase the bandwidth of interaction between people and technology. The company’s SEA Interface technology, first used on the Seaboard GRAND, enables polyphonic pitch bend, vibrato, and per-note dynamic changes on a continuous keyboard surface. The company has raised $16.5 million to date from prominent investors - including Universal Music - in North America, Europe, and Asia. It is a leading company in London’s fast-growing technology cluster.