Noon is an 8 channel powerless instrument that’s strangely powered by incoming voltages giving it a natural and organically activated breath. This should be good!
Well, it certainly looks stunning with the field of interwoven sliders, buttons and touchplates. The gold against the blue is fabulously fresh and groovy looking. But the most intriguing feature is how it bursts into life, taking energy from incoming gates to produce complex rhythms.
What we need is a video!
Yeah, that’s not quite what I meant. Anyway, each of the 8 channels has its own unique analog circuit which is triggered and powered by incoming gates and control voltages. This creates instability and amplifies the organic attributes of analog circuits as electrons move and then decay, then move again, load and unload, power and unpower and so on. What would normally be seen as broken becomes the point of the whole exercise.
The channels are linked for the cross-modulation of power and voltage which pushes complexity, pulls in distortion, pumps the timing and generally messes things about more than they already are. The sliders form a tuning fork for each channel which change behaviour, feedback and tuning. I’m imagining that you can bang out rhythms on the touch-plates but it’s also designed to accept incoming sequences from external gear and do a complete number on them, radically reprogramming your rhythms – that could be awesome.
There are dozens of sound examples on the website ranging from noise explosions, to ticking bombs, to synth drones, cascading sonic adventures and complex rhythms. Exactly how it all comes together is difficult to say at this point but it looks like the sort of thing you could get lost in for a very happy afternoon’s manipulative circuit powering.
Noon will open for preorders in January 2022 and the price is not yet set.
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