This is an electroacoustic instrument that lets musicians explore tactile sound synthesis by bridging electroncis with acoustics. Designed to be playful yet modular, Cicada is compatible with a wide array of synths, modular systems, mic’d acoustic instruments and much more.
Cicada generates new tones and distortions by converting electrical signals into precise vibrations. These vibrations are then amplified and transformed through a mechanical oscillator to produce modulation and other hybrid electronic-acoustic effects.
From Richard Devine to Julia Govor, artists discover new ways to create rich and vivid soundscapes and textures. Here’s a short video featuring a Cicada performance by Richard Devine:
“I am using a 4ms QCD as my main clock source and accompanying rhythm to play the two actuators with the orange play tips onto the center EVA soundboard (glass-like surface). The signals from the QCD are being sent to the two white amps (white octagons) transforming electrical signals into precise mechanical vibrations capable of generating acoustic modulation.” – Richard Devine
Sounds mysterious to us.