Barefootpedal Designstudy

Barefootpedal Design Study in Cooperation with Oglarstvo Močnik

 

The design study pursues the idea of developing additional performance possibilities. The usual way of playing with organ shoes — the reason for which being mainly climatic conditions — is being scrutinized. This allows e. g. to better harmonize the pedalboard proportions and the sensitivity of the keys with the haptic requirements of the human foot. The concept starts off with the possibility to fully implement the acquirements rehearsed on conventional pedalboards. Additionally, the short keys of the main pedal can also be played with the heel, so that e. g. faster repetitions with one foot on the short keys become possible — cf. e. g. requirements of Jean Guillous’s "Sagas". Furthermore, by reducing the proportions, greater intervals can be played with one foot, which facilitates e. g. the performance of César Franck’s works (descending fifth while simultaneously operating the swell pedal) or the pedal passages by Max Reger. By combining both pedal keyboards, it is possible to play parallel octaves with one foot. The reduction of action weight enables a higher agility. The two keyboards can be transposed separately from each other, and the transpositions can be saved via combination action. The upper parts of the short keys are fitted flexibly. The pedal range has been extended downwards to contra-A, upwards to c2. The pedalboard is midified and serves as an extension to the already existing MIDI-console. Besides, there are six swell pedals available, allowing control of DynTune and other creative tools, in addition to their traditional use.

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