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Atari Hotz and chord bots

Postby BJG145 » Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:29 am

I went down another weird-gear rabbit hole yesterday after discovering an Atari Hotz.

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That's the baby version. The full-size one looks like this...

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https://youtu.be/7WChzU6vMEU

Quite a beast. I think there may have been a bizarre wearable version; here it is being modelled by Mick Fleetwood.

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Several famous people seem to have got involved with these. Here's Jon Anderson.

https://youtu.be/pFbphRzlXIY?t=69

It was created by Jimmy Hotz, who explains it here, and it seems to remain as a current product in software form.

I haven't yet looked closely at how it works, but I'm getting the impression that's it's similar to the Theory Board (currently back on Kickstarter with 32 days to go).

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I think the idea is that you hold down or select chords with one set of keys, and can then use another set to noodle on relevant scales and arpeggios without having to worry too much about what buttons you're pressing.

Not sure how useful this is but it could be quite fun. I'm wondering about maybe putting together a DIY hardware controller for something like Scaler or Captain which cropped up in one of the Hotz discussions. Then there's the Kordbot...not sure where that fits in. Similar idea perhaps...?

https://www.islainstruments.com/product/kordbot/

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Hmm, more research required... :tongue:
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Re: Atari Hotz and chord bots

Postby ManFromGlass » Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:28 pm

I like the way you think!
I’m currently enjoying Scaler - it delivers the fantasy that I can play keyboards for at least a few minutes!
A super cool controller would take it to the next level.
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