Guthman Competition

The Striso has been selected as a finalist for the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition!

Every year, Georgia Tech invites musical inventors from around the world to share their creations and ideas about the future of music. Besides the winner chosen by a panel of four judges there will be a “People’s Choice” winner for which all of you can vote!

Voting doesn’t require registration, so it is very quick. There are no limits on how many instruments you can vote for. You can choose to vote for only your favorite, or all 29 instruments.

Vote now!

Or read more about the Guthman Competition.

Kickstarter successful!

The Kickstarter campaign was successful! In total €40,011 was raised to get the Striso board into production!

My focus in the next months will lie in getting the parts so I can build the 88 Striso boards that were pledged. As the Kickstarter stretch goal was made all future Striso boards will come with a TRS MIDI and pedal connector! I’m super excited to start production!

Striso board added to SoundLAB collection

The SoundLAB in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, is proud to have added the Striso board to the collection of instruments that are used during workshops for all ages. To encourage even more exploration of unknown musical corners I developed the “Temperament Compass”, a tool to change the tuning system during play. This makes it a great addition to it’s big brother the Fokker 31-tone organ that’s in the same venue!

As the Striso note layout is tuning invariant, it can be used with many different tunings without encountering wolf intervals. While this functionality is available in every Striso board through the config button, a dedicated knob with scale makes it much more accessible.

The wooden knob lets you select a tuning, which is identified by the size of the fifth. On the scale important tunings are written, those with pure intervals and equal octave divisions.

The Temperament Compass is made from a solid piece of wood, making it endurable to survive hundreds of children that take part in SoundLAB workshops every week.

A very musical 2020!

Finally I’ve built a small batch of Striso boards, which are on sale now. The Striso board is an expressive MIDI controller which combines multidimensionally sensitive buttons with an innovative note layout.

Previously I worked on the original Striso with an internal synthesizer and speaker, but due to technical complexity I’ve chosen to focus on the development of the Striso board. The Striso board features the same keyboard and motion sensitivity as the original Striso, but needs to be connected to an external synthesizer and speaker. For the best experience a low latency MPE synthesizer is advised. For an optimal out-of-the-box playing experience I offer an Axoloti synthesizer as a package with the Striso board, in a matching wooden case and preloaded with some Striso optimized sounds.

Curious about sounds that can be produced by the Striso board? In this video you can watch me playing it. Furthermore watch the videos of Matthew Tyas and Leopold Solter.

To order your Striso board send a message to info@striso.org with your address and whether you want an Axoloti package or just the Striso board.

Prices (excluding shipping costs):

  • The Striso board:
    • € 484,- inside the EU (incl. taxes)
  • Package: Striso board with Axoloti synthesizer:
    • € 605,- inside the EU (incl. taxes)

I offer a trial period of 30 days. If you are not happy with your Striso board for whatever reason, you can return the Striso board and get a full refund (excluding shipping costs).

Striso time-out

The last couple of years my Striso time has been limited, as I’ve been busy setting up the ecological living community where I live now, and have become a dad in the meantime.

The last few months I’ve had time to work on a new batch of Striso boards, make a lot of improvements to the firmware, and update the website.

New Strisoboard videos

A new Striso board is out in the world! This time with some extra buttons for portamento, transposing, and settings.

New Strisoboard prototype

Its new owner Leopold Solter has put some videos on his Vimeo channel of him playing with it, mostly in combination with the Axoloti, a versatile open source hardware synthesizer.

More videos of the Strisoboard can be found on  the YouTube channel of Matthew Tyas, who owns the previous version, and uses it in combination with Axoloti and ipad.

Striso prototype lost!

The latest Striso prototype got lost last weekend in Amsterdam!
If it somehow happens to be played by you (or near you) I’d love to hear about your musical adventures! Please contact me at pierstitus@striso.org.
 
Please take good care of it and make a lot of music, or pass it on to someone you think deserves to be playing this magical instrument!
 
Namaste, Piers

Latest prototype out on the street some other time

Spain

The weekend of November 4th-5th I’ll be in Zaragoza, Spain, to demonstrate the Striso during the Radical dB showcase of new music instruments and interfaces. See the Etopia website for details (in Spanish).