Landscape launch experimental touch-sensitive instrument

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  • Stereo Field creates unstable electrical sounds through touch.
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  • Landscape has a new instrument, Stereo Field. Stereo Field allows users to patch two analogue circuits by touch, with a person's individual skin conductivity shaping the nature of the connection. Two golden touch-sensitive plates lie directly above each circuit, which can create abstract, analogue synth sounds in stereo and quadrophonically. It can process external audio at the same time, with both signals capable of modulating each other at once. Placing your fingers on different parts of the plates creates different types of connection, yielding a wide range of stereo images and timbres. Stereo Field can also simultaneously send and receive complex CV signals, meaning it can be used as a control surface for modular synthesisers and other CV-compatible gear. The instrument is purposely built to defy convention and encourage unknown results. Its creators state that it is a "general celebration of doing things wrong and the kind of liberation that comes with that territory." They add: "Most importantly, with the Stereo Field you will be making circuits with your hands that are not generally 'supposed' to be made." The same company also produced the HC-TT, a device offering hands-on control over the playback of cassettes. Watch Stereo Field processing a Yamaha drum machine.

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    Landscape will release the Stereo Field in April, 2017 for a retail price of $380.