Check Out This Brand New Musical Instrument

Last night’s Jeopardy had a clue that involved the introduction of the clarinet and how Mozart immediately wrote a piece of music for it.  I thought “That doesn’t happen anymore.  All the musical instruments we need have been invented.”  Apparently not.

Akai has unveiled the EWI (pronounced “ee-wee”), an electronic (!!) wind instrument.  Not only does it come with an orchestra’s worth of built-in sounds (both traditional and, er, esoteric for such a device), but it’s totally wireless–and it’s MIDI-compatible.

There’s no pricing yet, but Akai says information is coming soon.  More at Gizmag.

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One thought on “Check Out This Brand New Musical Instrument

  • February 5, 2014 at 9:16 pm
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    This is actually an updated product. The EWI has been around since the mid-80s, most famously played by the late, great Michael Brecker. Here’s a clip of his band Steps Ahead from 86. youtube.com/watch?v=xYiwZYGokdQ Of course, the wireless thing is new.

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