Circle Guitar – multichannel (hex) output, mechanical step sequencer, played like a piano
Circle Guitar is an electric guitar with a built in mechanical step sequencer. Anthony Dickens has been working on a prototype for his circle guitar invention for over 2 years and shared this video on Youtube!
Hand built with the help of a team of brilliant engineers (all hail Jacob Boast, Luke Perkin & Marie Tricaud) in London. Circle generates sounds, textures and rhythms that would be impossible with a conventional electric guitar. By using a mechanical device to strike the strings, rather than a human hand, you can exceed what is physically possible and push guitar playing into new, unexplored territories.
The sound is caught by a hexaphonic or ‘multi-channel’ pickup. Each string has its own output that can be amplified, recorded and processed individually. You can pan each string across the mix, blend different effects across the strings or set up rhythmic gates to turn individual strings on and off in time with Circles set speed. The options for audio processing using guitar effects pedals, amplifiers, modular synthesis or digital audio workstations are vast.
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