VOC-25 Is A Conceptual Vocal Synthesizer With Teeth

Post date:

Fri, 12/18/2020 - 09:00


Naomi Bolton

"Terrifying" is usually not a word associated with synthesizers unless someone like Look Mum No Computer and Furby's are involved. However, there's a new contender, named Love Hultén, who threw their hat in the ring with the VOC-25. Hultén is an audiovisual artist and a Swedish craftsman who specializes in creating one-of-a-kind exclusive objects. His previous work includes the DX84, a synthesizer based on the Yamaha Reface DX, and Brutex, a portable clamshell synth based on the Arturia MicroBrute. However, his VOC-25 might just be his strangest contraption yet as it features 25 sets of plastic teeth.

According to Hultén, the VOC-25 was inspired by an original concept that was created by Simone Giertz. She came up with the idea of building a musical instrument out of teeth after doing a talk and asking the audience to clack their teeth instead of clapping just to hear how it would sound. The result was weird enough that Giertz decided to create an instrument using the same concept. This in turn inspired Hultén to create the VOC-25 using the Axoloti Core and 25 sets of plastic teeth with each set representing a unique note on the keyboard.

Hultén opted for a three-part wooden setup that mimics the look of a classic desktop computer. It features a "monitor" which is the grid of plastic teeth, the main console, and a keyboard. The personal voicebank was created by feeding RAW vocal audio samples into the main console via USB. It also comes with built-in reverb and delay effects. In addition to MIDI inputs to the Axoloti board via the 25-key keyboard, the VOC-25 can also output MIDI. Control boards inside the "monitor" segment then convert these signals to DC. Hultén made use of 25 individual solenoids, which is each individually connected to a set of hinged teeth. Although it has built-in speakers the setup can also be used with external monitors, which is useful for reducing mechanical noise.

Check out the video below to hear (and see) the VOC-25 in action and visit the official Love Hultén website (https://www.lovehulten.com/) for more information on this synth and his other projects. Also, be sure to let us know in the comments or on the forum what your thoughts are on this unusual synth!