He ain't heavy, he's my guitar ...
May 8, 2009 6:34 AM Subscribe
posted by woodblock100 (28 comments total)
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introduces a fresh and inventive playing surface allowing one musician to play in real time on an instrument that offers thunderous bass, compelling rhythm, 3-D orchestration and melody. It uses new ways to approach groups of strings that find amazing intertwined performance techniques. It opens and lays out new paths to evolve tactile music composition skills." It's the baby of engineer/inventor Jim Bartz, who is on a mission to bring his invention into the musical mainstream. Start your exploration of what the StringStation can do with this video
of Bartz playing his prototype model (actual performance comes in at 2:25).
If you're in the Northwest you have a chance to catch him at some upcoming gigs
in the Seattle area.
"The current working model is assembled from a customized triple neck 8-string slide guitar, a 10-string Chapman Stick and a modified 6-string electric guitar. It plays well as a proof-of concept model but has few of the advanced features of the eventual design." Bartz has a proposal for funding
(.pdf) to assemble a team to create the actual instrument itself.