Should We Be Creating New Musical Instruments?

Every once in a while I get sent a link of a “new” music instrument that will “revolutionize” the music world.

And every time I have the same reaction:  So what?

Check out the video below of the Eigenharp that claims to be the most revolutionary new musical instrument of the last 60 years”

The problems that I have with these new generation of instruments are all the same.

1. They are nothing more than controllers that rely on current synthesizer technology to produce sounds which in many cases pale in comparison to the original instrument; and

2. You look like a complete tool when you are playing it.

One can argue that sound reproduction technology will continue to improve but one thing that will never change is that musicians want to look cool, not just sound good.

I do like the Bourne soundtrack choice of song, though.

  • Doug

    Thanks. Now I can't get this out of my head…

  • I try.

    But you win.  Ugh.  Dying after seeing this.

  • Dave H

    It's no Syntheaxe Drumitar, that's for sure…

  • I remember a show we did with Pigface in the early 90s. They had an anti-tank guitar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti_Tank_Guitar) — a fun instrument. I had fun with my stick, but I never used it live.

  • I remember a show we did with Pigface in the early 90s. They had an anti-tank guitar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti_Tank_Guitar) — a fun instrument. I had fun with my stick, but I never used it live.

  • I remember a show we did with Pigface in the early 90s. They had an anti-tank guitar (

    I remember a show we did with Pigface in the early 90s. They had an anti-tank guitar (

    I remember a show we did with Pigface in the early 90s. They had an anti-tank guitar (

  • Nice.  Very nice.

    • It was. My problem with the Stick was time, I didn't have enough to wrap my head around it — and I'd never look as cool as Tony Levin playing it.

  • I remember a show we did with Pigface in the early 90s. They had an anti-tank guitar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti_Tank_Guitar ) — a fun instrument. I had fun with my stick, but I never used it live.

  • I'm a little confused on the function of those mouthpieces. Wondering if any cool instruments will come out of the first U.S. Music Hack Day -> http://boston.musichackday.org

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