Acoustic synthesis

Bunch of tiny magnets on a plate on the bridge of an acoustic guitar. DSPs control the magnets to reshape the strings yielding…magic. Not digital no amplification

http://createdigitalmusic.com/2013/05/how-an-acoustic-synth-wants-to-change-the-way-you-think-about-guitars-videos/#more-29030

Several videos. This one explained it best for me
http://youtu.be/crn-m6J7qcc

Very cool!

Very Kool!
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I think this is amazing.

I didn’t see any smoke or mirrors

Somebody smart thought about how an E-Bow works.

This is quite fascinating indeed!

Not to be a wet blanket, but this is certainly interesting from a “how did they do it” perspective. But I see little real application of the technology to produce music.

Am I missing something?

Clearly you are missing something. I guess some people missed how synthesizers might change the way music was made, as well.

There is nothing inherently wrong with being a wet blanket, as long as one is a wet wool blanket. Because a wool blanket will keep a person warm, even when wet (either the person being wet, or the blanket, works both ways).

This device is similar to the electro-mechanical Gizmotron invented by Kevin Godley and Lol Creme of 10cc fame.

Personally, I wouldn’t do that to an acoustic guitar, because I like the tone of an unmolested acoustic guitar.

But I think that device could really help beginning students of the violin, were it so applied. It could:
(1) shave years off getting anything more than caterwauling from beginning violin students
(2) boost violin sales
(3) easily replace the kazoo in elementary music education

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