The Webclavier

Virtual Musical Instrument
Click or tap the keyboard to hear the incredible sounds of Synclavier® II

The Webclavier™ Virtual Musical Instrument

Nearly 40 years ago Sydney Alonso and I invented a musical instrument that revolutionized the music industry. Today we are on the edge of new technology that promises equally radical change - and that technology is HTML5 and the Web Audio API.

Frank Zappa spent the last 10 years of his life composing music on my instrument; for that I am honored. Artists of his generation spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on studio equipment to help them realize their musical ideas. When the Web Audio API goes mainstream later this year, every iPhone, every computer, even every web page, will have the power of the largest Synclavier® Digital Audio System ever built.

This fall I am planning a project to bring the historic and authentic sounds of Synclavier® II to a new Web Application called Webclavier. This project will be exciting and innovative, and I want to invite you to support the Webclavier by joining my Webclavier Crowdfund Campaign.

Cameron Jones


Introducing: The Webclavier

Virtual Musical Instrument

What is The Webclavier Virtual Musical Instrument?

The Webclavier Virtual Musical Instrument will be a port of my original Synclavier® Real Time Software to Javascript, and will operate in all modern browsers. This exciting new musical instrument will allow teenagers and adults alike to begin their exploration into the fascinating world of FM Synthesis and Sound Design.

Someday, webclavier.com may be a social site for FM Synthesis aficionados. Young enthusiasts could share and swap their favorite new FM Timbres; maybe even short Sequences. Faceclavier: why not, am I not allowed to think big?

Ok, maybe my imagination has gone wild. But then again, the Synclavier® was once just a dream and now it is part of the recorded history of musical instruments. If there is blame or credit, I'll take my share. Thanks for reading.

Intrigued? Check out the Webclavier Prototype right on this page!

Try out my Webclavier Virtual Musical Instrument Prototype


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  • Jon Appleton, pictured with his Synclavier I, 1977

    While a professor at Dartmouth College, Jon provided the musician's input for the design of the Synclavier® I.

    Source: Rauner Special Collections Library

    Jon Appleton with Synclavier® I, 1977

    Jon Appleton, pictured with his Synclavier I, 1977

    While a professor at Dartmouth College, Jon provided the musician's input for the design of the Synclavier® I.

    Source: Rauner Library

  • Suzanne Ciani, pictured with her Synclavier® II, early 1980s

    Suzanne established her career in New York City creating sound logos for many Fortune 500 companies. Her "New Age" music will always be my favorite!

    Source: Suzanne Ciani Home Page

    Suzanne Ciani with Synclavier® II, early 1980s

    Suzanne Ciani, pictured with her Synclavier® II, early 1980s

    Suzanne established her career in New York City creating sound logos for many Fortune 500 companies.

    Source: Suzanne Ciani Home Page

  • Sydney Alonso, Jon Appleton, and Cameron Jones, pictured with the Synclavier® I prototype, 1977, Norwich, Vermont.

    New England Digital Corporation had been founded the year before to manufacture a computer system designed by Alonso and Jones.

    Source: Dartmouth Engineer Magazine

    Sydney Alonso, Jon Appleton, Cameron Jones with Synclavier® I Prototype, 1977

    Sydney Alonso, Jon Appleton, and Cameron Jones, 1977

    New England Digital Corporation had been founded the year before to manufacture the "Able" computer.

    Source: Dartmouth Engineer Magazine

  • Jazz legend Oscar Peterson, pictured with his Synclavier® II, cover of Keyboard Magazine, 1983.

    Oscar Peterson used his two Synclavier® systems both for performing, and, interestingly, teaching jazz improvisation.

    Source: erika dot net's flickr collection

    Oscar Peterson pictured with his Synclavier® II, cover of Keyboard Magazine, 1983

    Jazz legend Oscar Peterson, cover of Keyboard Magazine, 1983.

    Oscar Peterson used his two Synclavier® systems both for performing and teaching jazz improvisation.

    Source: erika dot net's flickr collection

  • Frank Zappa, pictured in his studio composing on his Synclavier® Digital Audio System, mid 1980s.

    Frank Zappa owned the largest Synclavier® Digital Audio System ever built. The Synclavier® was his primary compositional tool for the last decade of his life.

    Source: YouTube

    Frank Zappa pictured with his Synclavier® Digital Audio System, mid 1980s

    Frank Zappa, pictured in his studio composing, mid 1980s.

    The Synclavier® was Frank Zappas primary compositional tool for the last decade of his legendary career.

    Source: YouTube

  • Christopher Currell, pictured with his Synclavier® Digital Audio System, late 1980s.

    Chris was the keyboard player and guitarist on many of Michael Jackson's albums; he also performed on Michael Jackson's two world tours.

    Chris's series on his work with Michael Jackson are "must-reads" for followers of the era!

    Source: The Headphone Guru

    Christopher Currell with his Synclavier® Digital Audio System, late 1980s

    Christopher Currell, pictured with his Synclavier®, late 1980s.

    Chris was the keyboard player and guitarist on many of Michael Jackson's albums and his world tours.

    Source: The Headphone Guru

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