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Jammer keyboard

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Sketch of the Jammer concept. Important controls are placed within easy reach.

A Jammer keyboard is a musical instrument characterized by at least one isomorphic keyboard and thumb-operated and/or motion-sensing expressive controls. The instrument is designed to be easy to learn and to enable the exploration of dynamic tonality.[citation needed]


Research suggests that Jammers may enable more expressive potential than other polyphonic musical instruments such as the piano, guitar, and accordion.[1] Isomorphic keyboards similar to those used in a Jammer have been shown to accelerate the rate at which students grasp otherwise-abstract concepts in music theory.[2][3]

Inventor Jim Plamondon founded the company Thumtronics in 2003 and first developed a prototype instrument called the Thummer.[4] Plamondon then developed the Jammer, which uses the Wicki/Hayden note layout.[5]


  1. Paine, G.; Stevenson, I.; Pearce, A. (2007). "The Thummer Mapping Project (ThuMP)" (PDF). Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME07): 70–77.
  2. Holland, S. (1993). "Learning about harmony with Harmony Space: An overview" (PDF). Proceedings of the 1993 World Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education on Music Education (AI-ED 93): 24–40.
  3. Bergstrom, T.; Karahalios, K.; Hart, J. C. (2007). Isochords: visualizing structure in music (PDF). Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2007. p. 297. doi:10.1145/1268517.1268565. ISBN 9781568813370. Search this book on
  4. "The Thummer: A Musican Instrument for the 21st Century?". Wired.
  5. Milne, Andrew; Sethares, W.A.; Plamondon, J. (March 2008). "Tuning Continua and Keyboard Layouts". Journal of Mathematics and Music. 2 (1): 1–19. CiteSeerX doi:10.1080/17459730701828677.

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