I was lucky to snag a first-run Shbobo Shnth, Peter Blasser’s just released computer music device. It is tiny at 4.25 x 4.25 x 1.25 inches. It features:
- 4 touch-sensitive wood barres
- 8 control buttons
- 2 touch-sensitive antennae (on the back side)
- 8 LED indicators
- A microphone input
The output is through a stereo mini-jack.
Shnth is programmed in a language called shlisp. The programs load from a computer via a USB cable, which also serves to charge the internal battery. Shnth can be disconnected from the computer and played with the currently loaded program. Programs can contain a group of separate ‘situations’, which represent different patches.
Here’s a quick demo, using one of the supplied programs, called ‘vancouver’, which has several different situations that I stepped through to demonstrate.