MusiMoto is a unique MIDI controller and polyphonic synthesizer designed for playing sheet music while in motion including walking, running, bicycle riding, ice and roller skating and even dancing. A beginner's version (available as DIY kit at https://musimotodiy.mystrikingly.com/) consists of a free iPhone app and two wrist-mounted keypads connected via Bluetooth. Some of the keypad buttons are mapped to the 12 musical notes in an octave. The remaining are used for changing MIDI instruments, octaves, melody keys, pitch and volume. The app features 85 classic and ethnic instruments. An advanced version has additional Motion Control Units attached to the keypads to simulate natural strumming/plucking, blowing/drawing, and enable effortless playing all types of chords, vibrato, tremolo, glissando, etc. While MusiMoto can be used on a single iPhone and with a single wrist mount, the preferred usage is on two iPhones and two wrist-braces one on the left and one on the right hand This way one can play two MIDI instruments in tandem and in stereo and also be able to play any combination of low and high notes much like on an full 88-keys piano. Any iPhone version 7 or higher will work and the iPhones can be worn in pockets, attached to the players chest by magnetic buttons or fully detached form the player and wired to external speakers for stage performances and stereo effect.
MusiMoto is deceptively simple by design and yet very versatile musical instrument. The most innovative aspect of MusiMoto is the wrist-mounting of the two Bluetooth-LE (short latencies move thumb sticks, which enable two-finger chord playing including Major, Minor, Augmented, and Diminished. An extra thumb-toggle button provides for playing 7th, 11, and 13 chords. Musimoto is easy to learn using the on-keypad and on-screen labeling of all notes and controls. Furthermore, once the key mappings are learned there is no need to look at the keys anymore - just look where you are going and play. The device is lightweight (300 grams) and completely portable. It is easy to put on and wear while engaged in all kinds of physical activities. It can be easily connected to external audio systems. In addition, the app features practice melodies from many ethnic regions and the in-app instructions are localized in 18 languages. The main differentiators for MusiMoto are: - Designed for playing sheet music on any of 85 built-in SoundFonts. - Learn one and play all built-in MIDI instruments the same way. - Play each instrument in its full octave range and in an intuitive semi-natural way including strumming/plucking, blowing/drawing, etc. - Midi Polyphonic Expression (MPE) and harmonies support. - Microtonal support for all Microtonal instruments (Fretted: guitars, banjo, mandolin, etc. Unfretted: violin, oud, etc.) - Learn all cord types once and play them on all instruments the same way using only two fingers. - Sound inflections support (vibrato, tremolo, glissando, staccato, legato, etc.) - Play any two MIDI instruments in tandem (stereo). - iOS version only. No Android version for now due to unacceptable latencies.