While still a student at the Faculty of Philosophy at Harvard University and part-time jazz pianist, he invented a musical instrument with an unusual keyboard. However, it’s not even a keyboard, but rather oblong bulges of rubber and silicone, touching which you can extract a variety of sounds.
By the way, the technique of playing the ROLI also differs markedly from the piano, where the main and only is the percussion gesture. Although in ROLI the percussion technique is preserved, but still most of the sound effects are achieved with the help of sliding movements with the fingers on the keyboard and along it in various directions. A rich sound palette and the ability to improvise with tones, melodies and rhythms provides solid software.
London startup ROLI is already three years old. During this time, Roland Lamb and his team created three versions of an unusual instrument and were awarded the “Best Innovation” prize on the just-concluded CES 2016. The startup has already managed to collect more than $ 20 million of investment from eminent companies engaged in developing and promoting modern music technologies – Index Ventures, Balderton Capital and Universal Music Group.