The Resonant Garden is the latest (and probably final) evolution of Folktek’s acoustic-electronic hybrid sound machine. They’ve just started taking pre-orders on this sonically tactile work of art.
The Resonant Garden
The Resonant Garden contains three Alter circuits equipped with contact mics and strings that grow out of the front panel. As you stroke, tap, pluck or bow the vibrations are picked up by contact mics and amplified through the instrument. The sound is then processed through the Alter DSP effects engine. The mic pre-amp is designed to boost certain frequencies and attenuate others in order to optimise the sound quality and gain controls for level and severity adjustment.
Of the three Alter circuits there are two Alter 1’s and one Alter 2. The Alters are exploratory Folktek Eurorack effects modules that you can find out about here. They come with an eclectic collection of delay, reverb, time and granular effects with lots of strange pitch shifting, glitching and endless tunnels of distant sound. The three Alters can all act independently with their own “garden” of strings. Or you can chain them together, combining sounds and effects and ending up at a single output.
As with all Folktek creations the Resonant Garden is a thing of unique beauty. Mounted in a heavy bamboo case, with the unusually thick panels embedded into the wood, it all adds to the vibrational possibilities.
The Resonant Garden cost $999 and they vaguely reckon it’ll take a couple of months to build and ship. Very much on a first-come-first-served basis. There are no sound examples or videos yet, but some are promised. Below is a video of an earlier incarnation called the Illuminist Garden which may give some indication of the sonic possibilities.