Sound Design With The Paul Vo Wond

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At the 2015 NAMM Show, inventor Paul Vo (Moog Guitar) introduced the Wond String Exciter, a new device, designed to let you explore new ways of playing string instruments.

Vo’s instruments explore the idea of ‘acoustic synthesis’ – using electronics to control the vibration of physical objects and to shape the harmonics of the resulting sounds.

And, while the Wond is being targeted to guitarists, Vo says that it is the most powerful handheld exciter, sustainer and controller ever made – so it has other interesting applications.

In the following video demo – Experimental Synth’s Chris Stack explores using the Wond for sound design: Continue reading

Experimental Synth’s littleBits + Koushion + Ableton Demo

Chris Stack, aka Experimental Synth, has been working on a series of videos exploring possibilities with the new LittleBits MIDI and CV modules.

Stack says, “[In this video series] I was able to hook LittleBits into my DSI Pro 2, Moog Voyager, Ableton and Koushion in some really interesting ways, and the results were surprisingly musical, especially in this Koushion + Ableton video. This was a lot of fun… I wish they’d had these when I was a kid.”
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Experimental Synth’s Chris Stack On The Art + Music + Technology Podcast

experimental-synth-chris-stackMulti-instrumentalist Chris Stack (ExperimentalSynth.com), right, is featured in a new interview in the Art + Music + Technology podcast.

Here’s what host Darwin Grosse has to say about the interview:

Chris Stack is about as multiply-experienced as anyone you can imagine.

He was a marketing manager at Moog Music, and was instrumental in the launch of the Moog Guitar. He’s been working with Paul Vo on his new and unique brand of synthesis. And he runs a little site called ExperimentalSynth.com that highlights interesting new developments in music hardware, and keeps an active feed on Facebook that keeps all of us up-to-date with cool videos.

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Kie Cochran and the Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer

From Chris Stack: “Kie Cochran takes the Vo-96 for a spin. Audio recorded with the guitar’s built-in piezo pickup. A bit of Line 6 Echo Pro added for sweetening.”

More information about the Vo-96 acoustic synthesizer is at the VoInventions website.

We’ve written before about the Vo-96 and shared some music videos featuring the instrument; you can browse through them here.