I have just learned of the existence of SKOOG… it’s a tactile musical interface which was developed with differently abled children and schools in mind. The thing is, I have been playing around with different ways to make music for years because of the pain in my hands and neck due to pinched spinal nerves and this is something which sounds interesting. The only downside is that it costs about $300 and I can’t figure out, yet, whether or not it could be useful for me. My main instrument is my voice but I also compose using a piano keyboard and various wind instruments, as well as using a keyboard controller to play virtual instruments (using GarageBand, Logic X - Apple samples, EastWest Sounds, Bolder Sounds, my own sampled vocals - and various iPhone apps). Trained as a coloratura soprano but raised on improvisational jazz and folk, I do a lot of a cappela and almost everything I do is improvised in the moment (including lyrics of my songs and spoken word pieces). I would like something like this to perform with if I can figure out a good way to do that.
I’m just wondering if anyone here at alonetone has heard of, or used, a SKOOG in any context and would be willing to post what the experience is/was like.