From the inventor of the Moog Guitar comes an entirely new sound technology: Acoustic Synthesis.
Perhaps you’ve heard of the Moog Guitar? If you haven’t, you may have already heard it without knowing if you’ve listened to Brian Eno’s latest album LUX.
The Moog Guitar was the newest innovation in acoustic technology to appear in recent years. It uses what Moog calls a Harmonic Control System to actuate the strings (or mute them), offering infinite sustain, at all points on every string, at any volume. This results in synth-like string tones that sound completely unique.
Now, Paul Vo has taken this idea one step further. Acoustic Synthesis occurs in the physical realm, creating an otherworldly sound which emanates from the strings themselves. His system is add-on hardware that can potentially be fitted to any string instrument. The possibilities are truly mind-bending.
Photos courtesy voinventions.com
Check out this demo of the Vo-96 on an acoustic guitar:
Will Rayan and Vincent Crow of The Electric Jazz Project demonstrate the Vo-96 Acoustic Synth
What stringed instrument would you hook the Vo-96 up to?
Kaki King, an old friend of mine and a true guitar virtuoso, has been beta testing the Vo-96 at live shows:
Kaki trying out the Moog guitar for the first time at the Moog Factory: