It's a quiet week for new music gear so what better way to end it than with a
fourteen foot long MIDI
keyboard. It's just appeared on the 'bay, with a rather disappointing starting price of £2,000. It was custom built
for a local theatre production (of 'Big - The Musical', obviously) in Barnstaple, Devon. There's a fantastic video on
the company's home page of it being played by two workmen.
Apart from staff at FAO Schwartz in New York, the hero of the gigantic light up MIDI keyboard is Jean Michel Jarre. At his Houston concert in 1986, he played a big semi-circular thing, with 88 working keys, built for him by French instrument company LAG. Disappointingly, they don't really seem to have taken off.