Welcome to Harpblog's MIDI harp project page. Somewhat like the whistlestop guide to electric harps on the Blue Pages, the MIDI project page aims to collect together information about the MIDI harp itself, and to report on the artistic projects being carried out with the instrument.
For the time being, Camac has taken the decision not to release the MIDI harp into mainstream production i.e. you can't buy one. This is because we are still waiting to see what directions the MIDI harp will take. MIDI technology has been around since the 1980s, and a harp that can sound like a piano or trumpet isn't, in itself, interesting - you can get yourself a MIDI keyboard, for much less money, that will do exactly the same thing. In order to work with the MIDI harp in any detail, you also need to be pretty good at music technology already, like the electronic music specialists Arnaud Roy or Elisabeth Valletti currently working with the instrument. We want to avoid a situation where a harpist spends a lot of money on this harp, then realises it is technologically more complicated than they thought, and is disappointed. This is why the MIDI harp is currently being kept as a showcase instrument for particular projects.
Please get in touch via [email protected] if you have any questions, would like further information, or have an idea for a project you would like to do with the MIDI harp.