Aether Zither 以太筝 - built by Meng Qi, is an electro-acoustic musical instrument. It’s playing surface is assembled with springs, speakers, knobs and touch points. The combination of mechanical and electric aspects makes it an one of a kind and fully expressive instrument.
The spring interface is very sensitive and playable, it accepts any movements from a player from the mildest tap to heavy punches. The natural wiggles of the springs would also trigger sound.
Knobs on AZ are solid aluminum type and easy to dial.
The Synthesis engine of AZ - Sidrassi, designed by Peter Blasser - is a true analog polyphonic synthesizer circuit. It has an unique approach regarding synthsis principle. There is a parameter called chaos - it controls the modulation depth among the voices, which would result in different level of noisy texture. Addtional to it, there are also touch points which allows the player to perform touch circuit-bend.
AZ has 3 1/4 inch audio jacks, the sound from the synthesis engine can be directly fed back, or it can be externally processed before it comes out of the speakers.
Aether Zither is made with Peter’s original Sidrassi PCB.