Erik Satie – Gnossienne No. 1, On Double Eigenharp Pico

Sunday Synth Jam: António Machado performs Erik Satie’s Gnossienne no.1 on his custom Double Eigenharp Pico.

The Double Eigenharp Pico is a unique instrument, made up of two individual Picos. Machado keeps the two Picos together, using a custom mount:

Machado created a setup in the Eigenharp software that treats his two Eigenharp Pico instruments as one larger instrument.

via Geert Bevin

6 thoughts on “Erik Satie – Gnossienne No. 1, On Double Eigenharp Pico

  1. Beautifully rendered. I simply continue to wonder when or IF someone will play these as Eigenharps. All I have heard is ambient and cover tunes, neither of which indicate that an Eigenharp is the solution to any musical need. There’s got to be some blazing player woodshedding with one of these, engaging it for what it IS and not simply a new way to play existing music. What it COULD do is impressive, but CAN anyone bring out its unique inner strengths? Until someone like my Mystery E-harpist puts it into better context, its mainly a high-end novelty. I really want to hear that defining person go for it, because the device itself is intriguing… like a steampunk DEVO prop spliced with T.O.N.T.O. in a hand-held box.

    1. Every instrument has to prove itself in the minds of musicians, and that’s usually done by playing classical music.

      Traditional pianos are obsolete – you literally can’t give them away – so it makes sense to arrange the classics for new instruments!

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