I got here to the NAMM present for the music, and boy, did I ever get it. Outside the Anaheim Convention Center the place NAMM is happening, a genial gent calling himself Lordblobbie and sporting heart-shaped sun shades is taking part in a thrillingly distinctive instrument referred to as the Soma Pipe. The Pipe works with a contact microphone to let its consumer generate a bewildering array of sounds simply along with his mouth, breath, and some modulation dials. I’m not kidding. In the video above, Lordblobbie goes by means of the total vary from laser beams and hen chirps to beatboxing, drums, and whale noises. It’s. A. Trip.
The Pipe is the brainchild of a Russian inventor referred to as Vlad Kreimer. It has 12 completely different preset modulation algorithms, together with ones named Orpheus, Octava, Pulse, and Harcho, together with three styles of Bassdrum. Lordblobbie, actual identify Robbie Kirkhuff, tells me it took years for him to persuade Vlad to promote him one in all these Pipes. The price of this extraordinarily uncommon synthesizer is $600, and by the appears to be like of issues, every one is manufactured to order. (As a neat private gesture, Vlad signed the inside of Robbie’s Pipe).
Vlad claims that singing into the Pipe can be potential, although the factor that appeals to me most about it’s the truth it’s so unconventional and, on the identical time, limitless in prospects. This is clearly an instrument that allows you to develop nice talent, however, extra importantly, doesn’t require a lot talent to simply decide it up and rattle off some pleasing noises.
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