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travis jMar 01, 2010 10:27 AM GMT
I think its awesome how you can take an already flexible instrument and make it even more so by the use of effects amps mikes and even specialized equipment but what do you think? Is it too soon for techno harp or is this the harps ways once again to carve itself into our mainstream wants?
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Amps, Mics and Effects are not going anywhere. At SPAH they had an entire workshop on effects ams and mics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHVubeTuaVM
The guy who owns Turbo Harp had designed a what you might call a techno harp. It uses optical pickups to which makes it possible to change the sound of the harp to almost anything. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scKbSUMlPIQhttp://www.turboharp.com/harmonicas_future.asp
I use a Digitech RP200 effects box (Richard Hunters recommendation) which among the normal things it also allows me to plug myiPodto do play-a-long and back tracks. Great for practice andwoodshedding.
If it’s not going anywhere then why are they building specialty instruments and having workshops? I don’t mean to argue but that sounds a little contradictory. That aside I thought the turbo harp video was very interesting. It was a lot more conservative thin the instrument that led me to posting this thread. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRPI_fD0iKQ it’s an electronic synth harmonica from the 80s. I defiantly wouldn’t go out and buy one (there still being manufactured!) but the idea is very cool in my opinion.