Here’s another sneak preview of the Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer – a new prototype synth, designed by Moog Guitar creator Paul Vo.
While a traditional synth lets you work with sound by generating and shaping electrical or digital representations of sound waves, Vo’s new design lets you control and shape the vibrations of physical objects. Vo’s initial prototypes attach to an acoustic guitar.
This Vo-96 Improvisation comes via Chris Stack. Stack is the synth guru behind ExperimentalSynth.com.
I was trying to explore the territory just outside the standard guitar space. I kept the harmonic content and motion fairly close to the standard guitar tone and went for an open, legato feel. I think I am a frustrated cellist at heart and the ability to play those longer notes really appeals to me.
I asked Stack for his first impressions of the Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer.
“As a player, I love it,” says Stack. “Being able to take an acoustic that is sitting there vibrating in your lap as you play it, and coax these new sounds out of it is a great experience. It is really like we’ve always said about the Moog Guitar, but even more so… guitar synths are cool, but when you really feel the string making the sound you are hearing, it is a much closer, much more connected playing experience.”
“My interests run in a couple different directions, synthy high tech, world acoustic-y stuff (ouds and bamboo flutes) and this technology really bridges it all,” adds Stack. “Acoustic Synthesis is pretty close to Star Trek music tech and having that on an instrument that you can sit on your porch and play Free Bird on is really a nice bit of cognitive dissonance.”
A short, non-solo improvisation on a guitar fitted with the Vo-96 Acoustic Synth. Played over a piano arpeggio from a Yamaha MO8, the guitar was recorded via its built-in piezo pickup. Delay is from a Line 6 Echo Pro.
Learn more about the Vo-96 at www.voinventions.com.