Moog is back again with the launch of their new synthesizer. The Subharmonicon is an analogue synth that adds to the family of Moog’s semi-modular synths. It features six-tone sub-harmonics as well as polyrhythms. Electricity serves as the core source to sculpt out creative sounds instead of involving mathematical configurations.
The Moog Subharmonicon is a versatile analog labyrinth of subharmonically derived synthesis and polyrhythmic patterns, equally suited for losing oneself and simultaneously finding oneself through sound. This new semi-modular analog synthesizer is designed for the exploration of sequences that unfold and evolve over time, spiraling through six-tone subharmonic chords and organic polyrhythms.”
The synth comprises of two 4-step sequencers, two voltage controlled oscillators, four rhythm generators and four sub-harmonic oscillators. It’s a new, experimental addition to the family that allows room for creative growth and also keeps Moog’s iconic sounds left intact. This could be defined as a modern take on the versatile synth sounds, with those wobbly basses and extensive quavers.
This could be heavily attributed to two pieces of vintage synthesizer gear that inspired the Subharmonicon: the Mixtur-Trautonium and Rhythmicon. The Trautonium is known to engage an array of subharmonic oscillators to accomplish electronic connotations. On the other side, the Rhythmicon is a mechanism that is adept of resonating numerous associated polyrhythm generators concurrently.
The synth launch was accompanied by a short film called Music As Living Matter. Accompanied by visuals from Scott Kiernan, the critically acclaimed Suzanne Ciani has created its music entirely from the Subharmonicon.
The latest addition to the Moog clan is sure to deliver creativity and innovation aplenty. It’s a must-have if you’re a synth head looking for a new toy. Head over to Moog’s website to see if there is a dealer near you.