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Samchillian - a musical instrument based on relativity. [Mar. 1st, 2006|09:41 pm]
Eitan Shefer
my graduation project from the Industrial design dept at the Bezalel academy of art and design.

for a high quality and STEREO version of the film - use the download option at the google video page!

An electronic musical instrument which takes Leon Gruenbaum's samchillian concept and defines a possible product design for it.

the samchillian is a new type of musical instrument which uses the concept of keys representing relative notes, rather then fixed notes (as in a piano). an explanation of what that means is aparant in the film.

If you have any questions, request or any interesting propositions - feel free to contact me at thru this webform if you like, or leave a comment. This includes media requests for more information, print quality photos, and so on.

The challenge was to make a product, which would be aesthetic, ergonomic and could be used on stage. Since this is a new and an unusual type of musical instrument a lot of thought went into defining an new iconic shape but one which still comunicates as a musical instrument.

The film was made by Eitan Shefer (AKA: me) in collaburation with 3d animator extraordinare and motion graphics wizard Eric Lerner.

Dori Regev supplied the academic guidance.

Oded Andman shot some of the photos (main link and those with the model).

Leon supplied the core idea.

*I'll update this page, with more info, and photos as time progresses. stay tuned.


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From: (Anonymous)
2006-03-02 03:43 am (UTC)

Mrs. Boasson

Wow, cool.
and that's the first time that someone is actually thanking me. It's cool, even though I have no idea why.
Sooooooo... when are you coming?
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[User Picture]From: eshefer
2006-03-02 08:08 am (UTC)

Re: Mrs. Boasson

it has something to do with occuping your living room for a week, at a crucial point in the process, me thinks..

and I appologize for that spelling mistake. the credits were the last thing that was done on the film - I think it was 5AM..
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-03-15 02:07 pm (UTC)

Great design!

contact me on Tomeri@tx.technion if your looking for beta testers :P
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[User Picture]From: eshefer
2006-03-16 10:15 pm (UTC)

Re: Great design!

thanks, I'll let you know when something happens.
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[User Picture]From: themobius
2006-03-16 07:38 pm (UTC)


This is absolutely amazing. Are there any plans to manufacture these at all?

Or kits?

wow. what a great idea & amazing implementation. thank you
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-03-17 01:07 am (UTC)

Re: Brilliant


I really like this device and please let me know how to order / test this device. I'm a musican who started in the 'normal' world (drums, gitar and bass) and ended up in the synthesis world. I've never felt comfirtable using the 'normal' keyboard based on the C ladder. Why 'C'???

Please go on with shortening the line between mind and the result by introducing this kind of devices.

Please contact me.

moderator of http://www.synthforum.nl
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-03-18 10:14 pm (UTC)

Beta tester!

I'd be in for beta testing this amazing new toy! If you looking for experimental musicians to explore with this thing, let me know: christianpelletier@gmail.com !!!

More than interested!

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From: (Anonymous)
2006-03-18 11:01 pm (UTC)

Nice Design & Concept

Maybe not what you want to hear but I'd bet Nintendo would be interested in something like this (or similar) for their Revolution console
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-03-22 08:02 am (UTC)

wanna test it :)

It's absolutly the genius idea of the next decade!

Well, I only hope that your instrument can send midi info , so you can control all sort of midi instrument, and samplers like kontakt for exemple!!!!

Well, I would love to hear new mp3 examples !!!

good luck and don't hesitate to tell me if it's gonna be commercialized...

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[User Picture]From: markburton
2006-03-22 09:46 pm (UTC)

Very cool

That looks extremely cool. I'm guessing it's monophonic - or am I wrong?
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From: 7wrc
2007-05-02 07:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Very cool

No, you dont.
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From: sworl
2006-03-23 04:28 pm (UTC)


A beautiful design equal to the genius of Leon Gruenbaum's ground-breaking concept! I'll take three in each color!
(Seriously, I can't wait to get my hands on one. This is going to revolutionize music. Let me know what I can do to help get this out there.)
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[User Picture]From: jackson516
2010-08-09 09:00 am (UTC)

Re: Brilliant!!

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From: (Anonymous)
2006-03-23 07:58 pm (UTC)


Ah man I like the samchillian. It's really different from everything i've ever seen!
I downloaded the version you can play on your computer and i really like it. If you ever need someone to test it, I'm your man! contact me if you want at barbeau_joel@yahoo.com
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-05-01 12:58 pm (UTC)

I'm a beta tester too!!!

I've started to tell about this machine to all my ( Synthetized :-)) ) friends.
Everyone was interested.

Please let me know when I can get one samchillian.

I'm a musician-producer this is my website:


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From: (Anonymous)
2006-10-12 06:33 pm (UTC)


What a thing you've designed! The most innovative instrument since the Theremin!

I want one!!!
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-01-18 03:56 pm (UTC)

product development and marketing

i was browsing online and saw this samchillian based instrument of yours and i think it looks so cool/hot (both) to look at... how much do you think it will cost to market it and have u got any offers yet?

i will play some of the music/sounds at studio i http://ourchats.net/i.html in toronto.
i can be emailed thru the site or isarte2002@yahoo.com
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-01-23 03:50 pm (UTC)

If you need a Beta tester on the samchillian

Hi James Here from champaign Illinois. I am a acoustic guitar musician for over fifteen years and I really want to beta test the samchillian and show others in the area the samchillian. Please get back with me --james
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-01-23 03:51 pm (UTC)

beta tester

Sorry its me again you can contact me at punk21812000@yahoo.com
or jcasey@stu.parkland.edu
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-05-05 01:57 am (UTC)

Great concept and design

Just wanted to say great job. Get this thing off the ground!! The whole concept is great and it looks like it could be a blast. Best of luck with everything.

Nick D
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