Appreciate all this input. Let me say a few words... >how is MIDI any more of a curse than , say, electricity - which is >truly at the root of all this mildewed computer music..??? Electricity LIVES. It does not follow any arbitrary rules set by some organization of musical instrument manufacturers. Tap into THAT, and you'll find some truly interesting avenues. To me, Nicola Tesla's life and work is a lot more interesting than, say, that of Patrick Moraz. Computers: one problem I have with the computer in music is the regimentation it presents. Gotta dangle that live wire! >Hey David, sounds like your next medium for developing instruments might >be >software? In other words, defining the problem is a key first step, the >next >is either solving it or complaining a lot, eh? Nah, Kim, I'm a hardware head--it's just that, with all the computer stuff going on, I'm hoping for something that I might make use of at some point. Until then, I'll be bitchin.... I've tried the demo of Metasynth, and will admit that it looks like one of the best things out there; might even spring for it. Regarding Kyma--sounds cool for sure; next time I have $5000 free, I'll think about it.... (right) About Mr. Torn: Tripping Over God and What Means Solid, Traveller? are absolute must-haves.... Later....