72 Bass Buttonboard
With our visit at the manufacturers sitein Italy, Castelfidardo, the designers success was relativised. Let's do 72 was the crazy suggestion. The designers answer could cope with. With the space we had and given that the boy became a hepcat, we arranged a button for playing a minor seventh chord! No one has that.
Never I was able to do design scetching the 'proper' way. Too many lines, no shining surfaces, no cars almost bursting of style. Life as an artist gave a new meaning to this. Design scetching works as an interface to me. On side it shall inspire the beholder/contemplator to imagine. The other side is the openness to a never perfect mind world in which solutions are created. This scetch helped to maximize the number of bass buttons for playing without fingers from the possible 48 basses to an imaginable 72.
One Small Black Arrow Saying So Much
With buttons bigger than usually and greater distances between buttons you have to use any space possible for buttuns to make the accordion being up there with the ones designed for ordinary hands. To the manufacturer this is demanding -- he has to care about the stability of the instrument.
Instruments, Music And Computer Modelling
Design drawing is an art to me. Computer modelling is, too. Like with the project shown here, I like working with real world models and real people. CAD I rather use for depicting music itself. This foto shows a figure derived by a system of rules from the Clarinet Quintette A-Major by Mozart, 2nd and 3rd part of bar 27 to 30.
Well, it appeared that after 2 1/2 years of work the instrument was ready a day before Christmas. Overtired the Italian manufacturers of Victoria, the boy and his father met at a motorway service area somewhere nowhere to hand over the Accordion. It should have been the first step, helping to test design and manufacture in everyday use. But the Fisharmonica was ready from the start, result of a perfect work, teamplay and Christmas spirit. All the best!