Music Mondays: because life’s better with a soundtrack.
I was watching the video for Laurance’s latest title track, Swift, when I nearly fell out of my chair. It was something I’d never seen before and, frankly, should have expected to come around at some point. It looked like a keyboard but clearly wasn’t.
It’s called the Seaboard by a company called Roli. It’s essentially an input device. And, while it appears to have fairly limited onboard controls, the keyboard itself has a range of variables that make for some of the most expressive playing imaginable on a keyboard. Pitch wheels be damned!
Check out Cory Henry (himself a Snarky Puppy) using the Seaboard at the NAMM show to take away my job as a bass player.
For an input device, the Seaboard is pretty spendy. The 37-key version weighs in at $1,999 with a full 88 at a punny $8,888.
I’ll be interested to see where the pricepoint is in a year and if this becomes adapted outside the neo-soul, urban jazz world. For now, I’ll take it as it comes.