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New High-Tech Musical Instruments
Updated December 15, 2011
By Roger Linn
One of the subjects I find fascinating these days is new musical instruments, new ideas that break entirely with mechanical sound generation in favor of high-tech sensor interfaces and software synthesis. And the ones that most interest me are those that can produce--or at least attempt to attain--finely nuanced musical subtlety.
I've compiled a list of some of those that I like best--some shipping, some out of production, some currently in development and some unique ideas that may never ship. I've divided them into two categories--tuned instruments, intended for playing 12-tone notes and chords; and controller instruments, intended for controlling or conducting music or sound from existing sources. Click the two buttons at the upper left to learn about these innovative products.
In 50 years, what musical instruments do you think people will be playing? While keyboard, guitar and other contemporary instruments will likely still be in use, I'd be willing to bet that a few new ones will be popular. What will they be? I don't know, but I'd guess that they will contain ideas that first appeared in some of the designs shown on these pages.
If you're aware of an interesting sensor-based music interface that I haven't listed here, please let me know about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.