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Musician Plucks Sound From Lasers

by Owyn / November 19, 2006 9:12 PM PST

"Lasers are nifty things. Since their invention at Bell Labs in 1958, they've been used to perform eye surgery, target smart bombs and carry zillions of bytes of data along fiber-optic cables. Nonetheless, it took decades for someone to figure out that these highly focused beams of light could replace the strings on a 1,300-year-old Japanese zither.",72141-0.html?tw=rss.index,72141-0.html?tw=rss.index

You must watch the video with this article. Absolutely amazing. This could be seminal in the development of virtual instruments.

Please Santa. This is what I want for Xmas. And if you could pass on some of her talent as well, that would be really nice.

CNet. Please get the blacklist for Wired fixed. This is starting to get really annoying.

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by Owyn / November 19, 2006 9:15 PM PST,72141-0.html?tw=rss.index

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by frgamez / November 30, 2006 9:42 AM PST
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by Owyn / November 30, 2006 10:44 AM PST
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The instrument in question is at least two generations beyond the, sometimes fake, instrument that Jarre used.

The Koto is musically and mechanically more complex to play than the harp. The laser harp is basically a two dimensional instrument. The laser koto is three dimensional with substantial computer assist to interpret 3 dimensional gestures.

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