More Eigenharp Teasers

Have you figured out what it is yet?      02/10/09

 

More viral videos from the lucky individuals who've got their hands on the Eigenharp.

This brand new instrument is scheduled for release on Monday (Oct 5th '09), and so far raises more questions than answers:

  • Is it a standalone instrument with it's own sound source?
  • Is it a MIDI controller
  • How do they communicate with each other - is there some kind of wireless comms going on here?
  • How much is it?
  • What other instruments in the "range" are there?

See?

In the mean time, enjoy this rendition of Moby's Extreme Ways played by Mark, Finlay and Davek4981.

 

 

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The Guvnor    Said...

Its the Star Wars Cantina Band without their suits on!

02-Oct-09 08:26 AM


Evan R.    Said...

Collaborative ableton on the bottom end? midi controller up top?

02-Oct-09 10:29 AM


Bernard    Said...

I believe this was the Lulz you were looking for Guvnor:

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/thumb/f/f3/D%27an.jpg/250px-D%27an.jpg

:D

02-Oct-09 11:16 AM


Union Of V    Said...

You know, I was wondering what to buy to spark my creativity. This seems to fit the bill, I doubt it'll sell for less than a grand though....

02-Oct-09 01:20 PM


The Guvnor    Said...

Interesting...

It looks like each key is can be wobbled to intoduce vibrato or controller data:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-yM5A1C4M0

The thing also has a step sequencer & arranger built-in...

Or maybe its just a carefully disguised MIDIfied bong...

02-Oct-09 04:49 PM


Mystic radio    Said...

OH man.... could you just imagine KRAFTWERK coming out on stage with nothing more than 4 Eigens? Now that would be fricking futuristic no?

IM sure Jordan Rudess will use one to get him to come out from behind the ironing board once in a while.... very cool

02-Oct-09 05:50 PM


Karplua    Said...

I have a problem with the comments made by reviewers which say "this may just be a gimmicky controller" or "I don't want to learn to play a new instrument."

Have we been so indoctrinated by the keyboard controller and the lack of a decent guitar controller to beleive they are the best choice?

I would gladly learn to use a new controller if it had more subtle and powerful to control the sound of synthesizer.

Imagine a finger sized velocity sensitive, pressure and after-touch sensitive button that had freely assignable x-y movement parameters. If it also had a freely assignable breath controller. I would work to become a virtuoso on such a controller. You could spend a 3 minute single on one note. Add to that metalic contact points around all the buttons and you would have to learn a lot. But all that control would be worth it.

This is the very best that the eigen harp could be. A violin of electronic music. We could have a new outbreak of avantgarde musician the quality of the one or two theramin virtuosos.

If it has onoard sound generating divices that would hold it back. It would be like allowing a Stradivarius to become dated by putting a built in Bossanova rhythm generator. Synthesis technologies will improve but a powerful controller can stand the test of time.

02-Oct-09 07:03 PM


Karplus    Said...

I have a problem with the comments made by reviewers which say "this may just be a gimmicky controller" or "I don't want to learn to play a new instrument."

Have we been so indoctrinated by the keyboard controller and the lack of a decent guitar controller to beleive they are the best choice?

I would gladly learn to use a new controller if it had more subtle and powerful to control the sound of synthesizer.

Imagine a finger sized velocity sensitive, pressure and after-touch sensitive button that had freely assignable x-y movement parameters. If it also had a freely assignable breath controller. I would work to become a virtuoso on such a controller. You could spend a 3 minute single on one note. Add to that metalic contact points around all the buttons and you would have to learn a lot. But all that control would be worth it.

This is the very best that the eigen harp could be. A violin of electronic music. We could have a new outbreak of avantgarde musician the quality of the one or two theramin virtuosos.

If it has onoard sound generating divices that would hold it back. It would be like allowing a Stradivarius to become dated by putting a built in Bossanova rhythm generator. Synthesis technologies will improve but a powerful controller can stand the test of time.

02-Oct-09 07:04 PM


Colin    Said...

Looks like a very cool expressive and high quality human-to-data interface. The problem? That thing has to be bloody expensive. If you want to make a revolution you better make it affordable, else the real revolution will start when someone knocks it off with a more economic model.

It's the pad controller of the 21st century perhaps? The next logical step?

Sure looks pretty.

More gear to lust after. Sigh...

04-Oct-09 12:38 PM


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