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Hello, I create music to inspire and bring positivity to a world that in many ways is full of doom and gloom. Come listen to the tracks here and be transported on a journey into Clouds, Run with The Doctor, visit cities far away and many other adventures.

My music will take you away and make make you feel energized and hopeful for yourself and humanity and be inspired. 

Thanks for stopping by and checking it out.

RalphyKeys is Keyboardist, Writer, Producer Ralph Kinscheck out of Boston Ma. 

As a keyboardist and Synthesist I am available to play on your sessions remotely through zoom or just send me the files and I can play along. I can be creative or take direction. Email for rates. I also teach production, synthesis and arranging.

Synthesizers and The History of Gestural Control - Part 4 

This week we'll look at another significant development in the world of electronics that would set the stage for all future synthesis. We will look at Lee Deforrest and his journey beginning as far back as 1908. 

Lee de Forest built an instrument that used a Triode Tube. This instrument used regenerative feedback which works in much the same way we experience feedback from a mic through a PA system causing an audible pitch. In this case, the tube creates the pitch, and energy is added via a tank circuit to create continuous oscillations through the amplifier. Also, using charged capacitance via turning a knob on a capacitor or putting your hand or finger close to or on a circuit, changes could be made quite easily to the sound as well.   A key would trigger the tube to create the notes with one tube per octave. A scale could be created by using a graphite pencil to create resistance paths as well. Thus timbre and pitch could be controlled to create imitative as well as sound "never heard before".

This was way ahead of it's time in terms of gestural control and even predates the Theremin we looked into a few weeks ago. He also put speakers around the room to create the first ever "surround sound" and called his setup music of the lamps.  Plans for the Audion Piano were made but seem to never be realized. 

This was one of the first synthesizers. Using both audio and radio frequencies, he paved the way for future designs of oscillators, amplifiers, synthesizers and sound projection. 

Synthesizers and The History of Gestural Control - part 3 

This week we move on chronologically past the Telharmoium and The Theremin, to another synthesizer with some very unique controller that has also managed to survive the test of time. This synth has seen resurgences from time to time, but most notably in the early 1990s and 2000s when the bands Daft Punk and Radiohead brought it into the spotlight. Previously the instrument had been used on 100s of classic recordings and performances. 

Ondes Martenot 1928

The Ondes Martenot (French for "Martenot waves"), also known as the Ondium Martenot, Martenotand Ondes musicales, is an early electronic musical instrument invented in 1928 by Maurice Martenot.

The original oscillator design was similar in sound to theTheremin.The sonic capabilities of the instrument were later expanded by the addition of timbre controls and switchable loudspeakers.The instrument's eerie wavering notes are produced by varying the frequency of oscillation in vacuum tubes. This was done by pulling a string that had a ring on the end of it. You would put the ring on your finger and then pull it along a drawing of piano-like keyboard. Later versions added a functioning keyboard that also included vibrato by moving side to side. A drawer that included buttons also enabled pitch and timbre modulation,other buttons included transpose and volume. The production of the instrument stopped in 1988, but several conservatories in France and the Montréal Conservatory in Canada still offer instruction to students of the instrument. Some museums and musical stores also will display the instrument for people to see and play it. 

Synthesizers and The History of Gestural Control - part 2 

Before moving forward in time past the age of the Theremin, I must move backward slightly to talk about one of the first ever synths, more like an Organ, but even an Organ is a synthesizer by definition. 

Telharmonium (1899)

In order to create the Telharmonium, Thaddeus Cahill benefitted from a combination of the telephone and alternating current, both being recently invented. The telephone allowed audio to be converted to electrical signals for transmission and then reconverted back to audio for the receiver. Alternating Current is essentially a sine wave. The overtone theory provided that combining sine waves could produce complex tonalities. Through a combination of very large transformers, alternators and extremely long lines of cable, Cahill was able to create the entire harmonic series and control the volumes of those harmonics through switches and a piano-like keyboard, that would control “Wheels” or rotating disks within disks for each harmonic. This creation was the genesis of the Hammond Organ 25-30 years later, but there were a few more advancements needed to reduce the size of the instrument. Cahill's Telharmonium was built inside two stories of a factory, weighed several tons and required many railroad carsto transport it. The electrical power required to move each tone wheel was immense as well, to create the overtone series. The keyboard was far ahead of it’s time, in that, like a piano, it was able to produce variable dynamics through touch.

The Telharmonium was invented in Holyoke Massachusetts, then carted via around 200 Rail cars to New York City.

Make Noise company makes a Eurorack Modular Synthesizer that is a throw-back to the Telharmoium. You can listen to a couple of songs that feature this on my youtube page at Ralphykeys Artist.  Hope you will check it out. 

Synthesizers and The History of Gestural Control - part 1 


I recently completed a 3 year adventure getting a Master's Degree. My field of study was in Synthesizer Gestural Controllers. What are those, you may ask?

Come along with me on a multi-part adventure series going back to the beginnings of electronic music and find out.

This week we look at a somewhat better know piece of gear called "The Theremin". The Theremin was introduced in 1922 by a Russian Inventor, Leon Theremin, who turned out to be a Russian Spy !!!! The Theremin uses heterodyning with is not a kind of date you can go on, but is a form of analog synthesis that uses two supersonic oscillators that can be detuned by the movement of the hand near an antenna, providing continuous pitch movement, much like a violin. There is also another antenna that provides volume control. Neither hand actually touches the antenna but depends on proximity to create differences. 

Many years ago Bob Moog began making Theremins and selling them under the Moog name, and to this day you can still get one from the Moog Website. Attached is a picture of myself with a Moog Theremin signed by the master himself, Bob Moog. I had the honor of meeting and talking to him when he came to Berklee around 1998, when he spoke to a group at the College and then signed the Theremin which is still available for EPD Students to use in pursuit of the degrees.

The Theremin remains a very popular device for performance, but I would like to direct your attention to one of the original virtuoso performers of the time. Clara Rockmore. There is also a movie called "Theremin" that is very good if you more interested in this device. You can also search Theremin on Youtube and see a variety of people playing it.  Here is a classic from Clara, albeit from her at an older age with video. You can also search for older audio but not video.

I hope you enjoy this and will stay tuned for further adventures


I teach lesson in Synth Programming and Studio Tech 

I have been the music industry for over 40 years, primarily as a keyboardist performing in bands live and in the studio, programming synthesizers and writing music. Over the last 20 years I have been recording and producing bands in Boston, Ma and now have my own studio. 

Once the lockdowns are eased, we will again be looking for bands to record, but currently we do solo or duo performances with enough space to property distance and maintain safe and healthy practice. 

I have been an Apple Logic Master Trainer for over 10 years and currently teach Producing Music with Logic ad Berlee's Online School. 

I also teach privately and and I am looking for a few students. 

Send me a private message if interested.


A New Beginning 


As many have seen, 2020 started with a bang for me as I started to finally release some material that had been in the pipeline for a few years.

Come check me out at Ralphykeysmusic on Instagram for daily updates on songs and my synthesizers and all the interesting sounds I get out of them. Link on home page of

So far this year, I release "You'd Better Run" available here for download as well as Bandcamp, Stream on Spotify, and available for purchase at various other sites including Amazon and iTunes. Find your favorite spot and share it and let all your friends know.

I recently released the video for "Metallic Puffy Clouds". This was my capstone project for my Masters In Music Technology Final that involved using a new cutting edge tech, a glove and ring that make changes in the sound. This promises to make performances more organic, exciting and theatrical. I hope you have a chance to check out the video posted right here on the site. I have also posted "behind the scenes" and "How I did it" videos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook under Ralphykeys.

I will posting here regularly as well as releasing material throughout the year. Stay tuned and check back often. 


What's new and innovative? 

So I am asking, not telling here.

Solomon famously said in the book of Eccleisates "There is nothing new under the sun"  this was said some 2000 plus years ago.

Is there really anything new and innovative then?  Or is everything we see repackaging and rearranging the things people have seen over and over again for 1000s of years?

Again, i am asking, not telling.

What makes something new and innovative?  Sometimes I have a hard time with that.

My only guess so far is to say "it is presenting something in a way that those you are presenting to have never seen before"

This usually reinforces the theory (or sometimes verifiable fact) that music, art, fashion, etc go in cycles and that whatever is out of style now will eventually come back into vogue.

I welcome a discussion and other's thoughts on this.

Teaching Apple Logic Pro X at Berklee Saturday July 16 

Hi All, I will be teaching 2 Classes Saturday July 16th at Berklee College of Music.

Part of the annual Music Production Workshop, which includes 3 days, starting today, of workshops and seminars on various aspects of Music Production

Tomorrow at 9am I will be teaching a beginners workshop; Composing and Producing Music with Logic Pro

Then at 4pm I will be teaching a class I created entitled Hands on Advanced Logic Pro Workshop.   

I'll be teaching the later class in one of Berklee's brand new state-of-the-art music production labs.

Learn the tool the way you learn your instrument 

We (musicians) know we have to practice - this includes those of us who are "serious" about our craft (professional or aspire to be professional) or those of us who are driven to want to be better in order to play "that" piece, or even just to have enough ability to have fun.  This means knowing how to play well enough that you are not even really thinking about what you are doing but having fun and enjoying the moment playing.

The same goes for the technical side of things, what I like to call "the tools".  We need to learn them, study them and practice them.  Even take lessons on how to better use them.  Hire a consultant or take a class on production.

Ralphykeys via KiProductions offers consulting and lessons in a variety of disciplines from production, to DAW and midi sequencing.  Beginner to advance. 

Coming soon a Youtube channel with some video lessons.

Soundcloud Input Needed 

I have a few songs on my Soundcloud page in need of some input.

I would like to invite you to come give them a listen.