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Moog announces new semi-modular polyrhythmic synth Subharmonicon

It's based on two classic electronic instruments from the ’30s and ’40s

Moog has announced a new synth called the Subharmonicon. The new device mimics the form of their most recent family of hardware including the Matriarch, Mother 32 and DFAM and features two VCOs, two subharmonic oscillators (hence the name), two four-step sequencers for polyrhythms and four rhythm generators. The machine is capable of up to six simultaneous tones and Moog says they “drew inspiration from radical theories on music composition that arose in experimental circles during the 1930s and 1940s.”

The Subharmonicon is also influenced by “two analogue innovations from the 1930s and 1940s: the Mixtur-Trautonium, and the Rhythmicon” which was developed by Leon Theremin, the inventor of the Theremin. To celebrate the release, Moog also commissioned an audio demo from Suzanne Ciani with accompanying visuals from artist Scott Kiernan. Watch the video below and find out more about the Subharmonicon here.