La Voix du Luthier & Haken Audio At Superbooth 2022

At Superbooth 2022, vendors were invited to share musical demos of their instruments. This video captures the performance of Edmund Eagan and Christophe Duquesne, performing with some of the latest gear from La Voix du Luthier and Haken Audio.

Both companies focus on creating instruments that remove some of the boundaries between acoustic and electronic instruments.

Haken Audio creates the Continuum family of instruments, which are synthesizers designed to give you the same degree of per-note expressive control as traditional instruments. La Voix du Luthier creates a line of acoustic resonators, which turn your synthesizer into a hybrid acoustic/electric instrument.

In this performance, both Eagan and Duquesne play members of the Continuum family through resonators, La Voix du Luthier’s Pyramide and Onde.

The effect of these resonators is that the sound doesn’t come from speakers, it comes from the resonating body of the instrument. And, like any acoustic instrument, the physical qualities of the instrument body affect the resulting sound. The result blurs the line between acoustic and electronic sounds.

16 thoughts on “La Voix du Luthier & Haken Audio At Superbooth 2022

  1. I still wonder what the audience for these resonators is?
    Certainly not a crowd of ppl that just looked at 30 different bandpass filters.

      1. you know that a resonator is just a bunch of bandpassfilters with a lot of resonance?
        guess what, you can change the size of the “resonator” (pitch/frequency) and you can assign it to key follow, so the “resonator” “changes its size” along with the notes you play.
        that wooden box cant do any of this. 😉

          1. hm, I guess the question is do I want one weird sounding monitor box or not.
            guitarist have lots of fun with their weird sounding amplifiers and running around with a microphone. Not my cup of tea. I need things to be more flexible. putting everything through a “sound preset” called “that resonant wooden box” is not my idea of having fun.
            but I have a nice old tube radio that I would like to abuse. resonances I can make as much as I want in any frequency I want, and mix them in, a simple parametric eq does that already.

            1. its not 1930 anymore and we are inventing electro acoustic music or something
              these days this isnt of much appeal,
              its 2022 I have way more efficient tools to make sound and brush it in shapes that please me 🙂

              but I guess this things looks good in captain nemos steampunk underwatersudio playing phantom of the opera on the organ. ^^

              1. lol!
                Was just taking samples from the awesome “Mysterious Island” earlier today and then see this reference, haha love it!

              2. If “knowing” obstructs your view to see freely, it might be good to return to a state of “not-knowing”.
                If you overuse colours and it’s taking over your mind, it might be good to return to ink on white paper.

  2. The question for these kind of objects has been answered quite some time ago when convolution became a widespread technology. I understand the allure of the “object” but having watched many of these presentations on the web, it is not clear what makes this resonator texturally enticing in order to be singlefied as something you want to put your sounds through. Also the combination of the continuum with this makes it hardly idylic. The continuum has numerus textures, some electronic, other more instrument like and the effect of the resonator is difficult to stand out. Had one been “hitting” this with simple pulses or clicks we would be in better position to listen what perhaps makes this special…

      1. I’ve made many installations and used many alternative aural spaces in the past. I understand what it is and i wouldn’t confuse it with a speaker or even worst an guitar amp…

    1. The sad reality is that real innovation in electronic music instruments is a rare thing, and new ideas with actual potential are hard to come by. In the meantime there’s always people trying to do some smoke and mirrors routine making you think they’ve done something new.

      And depending on the talent of the smoke and mirrors guy, you can make a mono sampler with 32MB RAM memory one of the hottest grooveboxes of the last decade, or, at the other end of the spectrum, you end up with guys like this, puzzling crowds with a minigrandpiano body strapped to a ribbon controller, a technology that incidently was invented in the 1970s. Fun novelty act at a trade show, sure. Not quite the thing expected to blow up the music scene in 2023 though.

      1. but… that’s not what this is. It’s not simply a chamber (like a piano body), but an active, electrical resonator. I’m not saying its the most innovative invention in the world, but on the other hand, i’m not sure there is anything on the market quite like it. For people who want to incorporate electronic instruments to largely acoustic settings, or want to engage with site-specific acoustic work, this is incredibly useful.

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