That's true... it was really a practical decision instead of a creative one. However, it's not the only route they could have taken. Remember that the Trautonium had a ribbon, the Theremin used capacitance-sensing fields, the Ondes Martenot used a string... they could have gone with any of those! R.A. Moog Co. had been in business since 1953, and that was 11 years of professional theremin design!cornutt wrote:Regarding Moog and Deutsch, my own reading had led me to the conclusion that once they had decided they needed a conventional means of control, the keyboard was simply the most convenient technology available. Given the technology at the time, something like, say, a guitar interface would have been very difficult. But if technology had been such that a guitar controller were the easiest way, my impression was that Bob at least would have been okay with that, since he himself didn't play a lot anyway.
I am thankful he went with the most practical choice, though.