Didn’t see anyone post this here yet and thought it might be of interest to folks so…
Looks like a fun feedback/contact mic instrument. Basically the victorian oscillator idea but using a transducer, and then using the feedback to vibrate on other surfaces rather than the speaker cone. All implemented in a nice rechargeable wire-free little package. I can imagine having a bunch of these going in a resonant space with some different surfaces could be really fun.
Daniel Araya does nice work so I have no doubt its well built- he worked on the restoration of the Synthi 100 at Radio Belgrade and at least did (probably still does?) work at EMS Stockholm as a tech and is very friendly.
I’m interested in what kinds of things you can use these for. I watched the video online but couldn’t quite work out what’s happening beyond it being a vibrating box, where does the feedback come into play?
I was tempted to just order one to find out but seemed a bit steep for what my limited knowledge can decipher?
The feedback is the only thing it’s really doing. As in, you’re picking up the sound of whatever it’s on, then pumping back into the same surface.
I don’t see any videos using it on his webpage, but last time I saw a friend of mine (Luigi Marino) perform he had some DIY versions of the same thing on his huge china cymbals. He basically used them as acoustic oscillators as they would end up tuning into nodes of the cymbals, and would change as he moved them around.
Yeah, that’s the general ballpark. The material/surface matters a lot, as does the size and distance of the piezo/transducer.
You can also get some similar results by doing the trick where you touch your headstock to the amp, so the feedback you get comes from being coupled to the speaker, as opposed to just air-based feedback.
I had a listen to this, and really enjoyed it. I agree, it does sound like it could be Piezothings on drums and cymbals. However I looked on Tatsuhisa’s website and he states that “all the tracks were produced with the sound of laundry”, whatever precisely that means…