Disarray is a music application we make that makes working with Sonomes and perhaps other array sorts of instruments easier and enables doing really cool stuff that they couldn’t do before but which it’s obvious they need to do in order to work well with microtones.
It’s only of use to to Sonome users, in particular persons who own a C-Thru Axis 64 or Opal Chameleon. Disarray has only been available at all to LMSO users who own a Sonome. Disarray does not come with LMSO but is available on a case by case basis. “By appointment only”, sort of.
Disarray is not currently being advertised or promoted and there are no public descriptions of its details. There are not yet many microtonalists with array keyboards, I only know of a few. It’s inevitable though that over time microtonalists will adopt array keyboards such as Sonomes as the advantages to them are overwhelming. But affordable velocity sensitive array instruments are a very recent thing after all. Because of these market conditions, it’s not worth the cost and maintenance of expectations in order to have Disarray be a formal, announced product. Right now it’s more that those who really need it are working with it.
If you own LMSO and own either of the mentioned Sonomes then feel free to contact us privately if interested. This might only result in being placed on a list to be notified when things develop further, but it can also assist us in case you fall in the category of someone who could use it but we were not aware you had an array instrument, and that can accelerate developments.
January 2012 Update: Further development on Disarray has been discontinued due to lack of interest and resources. Although Disarray was provided free for use to artists who may have had a use for it, it will not be released free to the public: it is not a commercial distribution state product and is useless without intensive individual support. Do not ask about this. It will now be a private handmade compositional tool only. There will be no response to inquiries. It has gone black. For all intents and purposes it simply does not exist.
Some people reading this right now are getting huffy and self-righteous, angry even. They have been socialized to say to themselves, “Why this is unfair! I don’t even know what this Disarray thing is, but I know it exists and he is keeping me from it! It should be released for free! I am entitled! People are being harmed because this big jerk X. J. Scott is keeping them from something they might need! Who the hell does this fucker think he is anyway?”
Why on earth would I think people are thinking this? Because it is what they say and what they think and similar to what people have said to me and to other artists so many times I have lost count. All people do this? No. Not at all. Only some. Only the colonialists. Colonialists believe they are entitled to take whatever they want and that everyone is their slave who should serve them without thanks. Well, to hell with colonialists.
As is the case with all my creations, Disarray is a work of art and a labor of love. No one is entitled to any of it simply because they have no respect for others work. White folk, what is wrong with them? Why do they think they are entitled to everything they see? Colonialist thinking is a plague that has destroyed indigenous cultures worldwide. The colonialist attitude is a poison and those who adopt it are parasites. The world is being destroyed because of this destructive attitude.
2013 Update: Those who purchased Disarray in the past still have support. For others, the testing period is now over and beta licenses have expired. Please delete your copies and henceforth assume that Disarray does not exist. For all who have used it, Disarray has not been publically released and therefore non-disclosure still applies. Thank you.
This page was originally put up several years ago to try to deal
unwanted fallout that resulted in advance-product disclosures which were
made which should not have been made, and which resulted in both
criticism and demands from people who did not even know what the product
was or have any use for it, but whose goal was to make noise and posture.
Public disclosures made of things that are not complete or intended for
public release only cause problems for us. Such policies of nondisclosure
prior to public release are fairly common among those who work in
creative design. Having to write personal essays to justify these
policies is frustrating, takes up time and emotional energy, and should
not be necessary or expected. Those who feel offended by this policy
should move on.
2013 Update: Please consider present tense in the above
paragraphs to be past tense. Velocity sensitive array keyboards did not
catch on with microtonalists, despite many theorists calling for their
development for several decades. This page was originally put up several
years ago, as a result of unwanted disclosures about this device which
was at the time under development. These resulted in curiosity, criticism
and demands from onlookers who did not know what the product was or have
any use for it, but who felt entitled to explanations, personal
attention, and a willing debate partner regarding a product that was
meant to be undisclosed and under development. This page is to give very
brief understanding that this device is not of any use at all to
anyone but a very small number of people who own a certain extremely rare
handmade hardware device, who do their music on Macs, who are into
microtonal music, who are interested in working with multidimensional
keyboard layouts, and who bought LMSO in the past. This is fewer
than 10 people worldwide, all whom are already aware of Disarray. This is
not a page advertising or offering of a product to the public for sale,
gift, or evaluation, nor is it an invitation to open a discussion about
the device, show further details of how it works, or debate its design.
Update: As it turns out, production velocity sensitive array
keyboards did not catch on despite many calls for their development for
several decades. This tool is not available, offered for sale, nor will
it be made available in the future.