In case you wondering if Teenage Engineering is all out of f*cks to give, they’ve introduced the teenage engineering choir, a collection of eight ‘singing’ wooden dolls, each with a characteristic vocal range, that can be played via MIDI over BLE.
Here’s what they have to say about the choir:
“made to serenade you with a repertoire of choral classics, as well as perform your own original compositions through midi over ble.
each member has their own characteristic vocal range. individually one can sing a dynamic solo, together they perform an immersive a cappella concert.
the choir is inspired by the original absolut choir, our very first project.”
The dolls come with a pre-programmed repertoire of classic songs that have been created and performed using an algorithm-based on counterpoint melody, a compositional technique that refers to the independent but complementary relationship between two or more lines of melody played at the same time.
To get the choir started, they need a helping hand. A sensor inside the speaker module reacts to vibration and movement, so controlling the choir is a playful experience in itself.
Gently tap the doll on its head or on the table to trigger play or pause, or tilt the doll left or right to decrease or increase the volume accordingly. If it gets annoying, it can handle a little smack to turn it off.
Based on cultures and characters from across the world, each doll is unique and has it’s own vocal tonality. While each is given their own voice type, a single doll can customize their vocal range to sing a dynamic solo performance. When more than one member of the choir are placed together, in any combination, they communicate with each other, and recognize the choral members in range, to create a full choral experience.
The choir comes with a collection of preset compositions, ranging from baroque to folk.
Each doll is handcrafted from solid beech and individually polished with hard wax oil. The speaker modules inside are removable, as well as rechargeable. At the center of each doll is a speaker module, which also functions as the CPU and BLE transmitter, Rechargable with up to 4 hours of performance time.
You can conduct your choir with OP–1 field, OP–Z, or any MIDI keyboard with Bluetooth connectivity. Connecting one doll pairs the whole choir.
Pricing and Availability
Each of the Teenage Engineering Choir members are available now for $249 USD.