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Published on Mar 11, 2010
The Double Slide Controller is a new electronic instrument whose playing technique is based on the acoustic slide trombone. It has 2 independent slides and two versatile hand controllers that allow free motion in three spatial dimensions. In this clip the right hand slide is generating the pitches which are triggered by the breath of the player while the left hand slide is controlling the pitch of some drone tones. Several sensors built into the hand controllers allow the player to modify in real time the sound of the drone tones. In this example the software (MAXMSP) directs the melodic material via MIDI to a Yamaha VL-70m synth while the sustained notes are produced by a softsynth (NI Massive). One can also hear some delay+echo type effects on the main melody. These are controlled by a joystick on the right hand controller.