Post by ijustwannastrat on Sept 19, 2010 8:45:17 GMT -5
That was great. The only problem I can see with it is that you need the guitar SO close to your face to run it. But that's something that could be worked out. Can I hear a "2 foot whammy bar" anyone? ;D:o
Post by naturalborn on Sept 19, 2010 10:06:26 GMT -5
I think the only other potential problem is if you'd have to scratch all the paint/layers off an arm which has been colored etc as it'd have to be a metal surface for it to attach it but I'm not sure if the layers would be enough to get in the way, it'd probably work fine anyway.
Maybe it could be adapted so that the device attachs to the bar but the receiver to blow into be connected to a wire so it can be stretched out and positioned where you like. That extra wire could be a real pain and get completely in the way though
ash gets my vote on this one - the guy is either off his rocker or out of his tree, take yer pick.
And that's so sad, because he is thinking well outside of the box, if you will, but his psycho-babble just guarantees that no one of any repute will listen to him past the first or second sentence. He really needs to get with a Public Relations consultant, and then he might have a fighting chance of gathering some converts. As it is now.......
As for how it works, it's really pretty simple. He frets a note (or more than one) with his left hand, running it through one or more effects. For starters, I'd bet there's an industrial-sized sustainer somewhere in the signal path. Then there's the vibrato bar. Obviously he's figured out that it vibrates in sympathy with the bridge, so that if you can modulate it, the results should be noticible in the output. Sure enough, he's right, that's what happens. Using his breath as a controller, he seems to be doing nothing more than modulating the string's vibrations by passing his breath over the vibrato arm. The small cup catches some of that passing wind, and it doesn't take much imagination to figure out that we're seeing a novel use of the physics found in our childhod tin-cans-and-string "phone" system.
Hipshot bridges (the vibrato variety) are so sensitive that you can do this same thing, without the additional hardware, albeit doing so is much more limited, I'm sure. It stands to reason that other vibrato setups, if they're sensitive enough, could probably do this too.
Still, if he gets off the mumbo-jumbo MarketSpeak track, he might make some inroads into a new style of playing guitar, who knows......
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Hmmm, most odd. Sound does travel in waves, but then we begin to start talking about .wav's.
I too applaud anyone thinking unconventionally, but the end result of all this is some sounds which can be made, quite comfortably, by synths. The awkwardness of the way it works with a guitar makes it very, well, awkward. I think it could be used in some new instrument with strings, whammy and electromagnetic pickups, but shoe-horning it into a guitar seems like an unneccesary restriction to some otherwise broad thinking.
He could be an interesting guy to meet down the pub though...
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