Thummer. Now here’s an interesting little music synthesizer which is based around a button and joystick motif. Press buttons and wiggle the joysticks to give the sounds more emotional impact (i.e. bendy). The videos show off some of the potential nicely, although it’s clear that the sound samples will need to be top class to make this instrument happen properly. They’re looking for investment apparently, so nothing available for sale just yet.
A musician playing a piano-style keyboard controller can either add expressive effects (with the pitch bend or mod wheels) or play accompaniment – not both – because the musician’s entire left hand must be devoted to one task or the other. The thummer-player, however, can play accompaniment with the fingers and control expressive effects with the thumbs at the same time. Further, the thummer’s pair of thumb-operated joysticks provides twice the expressive power of a piano-style keyboard’s pair of wheels. Therefore, the thummer has the potential to be considerably more expressive than a piano-style keyboard controller.