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06 June 2009 @ 03:47 pm
Only a matter of time...  
It occurs to me that it is only a matter of time until someone decides to once again reinvent the guitar. Hells, the modern shape of the thing is a reinvention from any number of evolutionary steps leading back through the lyre and deep into Goddess-only-knows what else in the prehistory of music. ("This performance of the Babylon Pops has been pre-recorded.")

All I can see coming up next from here is essentially a computer that does exactly two things: receive input from a bank of light sensors and translate that out MIDI-esque as guitar movements. The fretboard would represent a segmented bank of motion and pressure sensors; the space between the pickups would represent another bank of motion sensors. Let your motion translator be programmable to measure movement and pressure over however many line segments you want and you've got a device that can be set at the time of performance to have as many strings tuned however you want as needed. Want to get really fancy? Have your strings displayed on the face of the instrument, responding to activity, keeping in mind that doing so increases not only the complexity of the device but also the needed computing power, probably requiring at least a minor graphics processor to handle that part of the workload.

Voila. The light guitar. Insert Jedi rock joke here.

Someone get on this, please? Also, if I've just described something someone already made, tell me so I can yank this down faster than I can say, "independent inspiration."
 
 
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Kat: catcuriouskatmoonshaker on June 6th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
I don't know offhand but when Dale gets home tomorrow I'll ask him. He would know.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on June 6th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
If he says there isn't yet such a thing, I'm willing to sell the idea for 5% domestic and international gross and the first production model off the line.

That is about as wheeler-dealer as I get, right there.
L Alouisadkins on June 7th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
The fretboard would represent a segmented bank of motion and pressure sensors; the space between the pickups would represent another bank of motion sensors. Let your motion translator be programmable to measure movement and pressure over however many line segments you want and you've got a device that can be set at the time of performance to have as many strings tuned however you want as needed.

I think this might have been thought of, at least. I seem to vaguely recall one of the older TV shows (Land of the Lost, maybe?) where a family got transported to an alternate world. I think it involved pyramids or crystal skulls. Anyways, one of the things they ran in to was a music band that had futuristic musical instruments. I think that the guitar was similar to that. Maybe.