Things I Liked At Music Tech Fest Berlin 2016

Striso – A Classic Yet Modern Portable Instrument

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It’s been around for a couple of years now, but I’ve enjoyed playing the Striso for the first time. It reminded me of the Dualo, but Striso has no sequencer or multi-presets. It does have a nice ‘rustic’ feeling though, and combines the possibilities of electronic with the experience of an acoustic instrument.

The intuitive and systematic arrangement of the buttons makes you comprehend musical patterns, as all intervals, chords and scales have the same shape in every key. This lets you play in all keys with the same ease.

For more info visit the Striso website.

Why I liked it
While sound-wise it’s a very simple device (it only has one sound in the current version), Striso offers quite a lot in terms of musical expression. The buttons are sensitive in all directions and each note can be controlled independently. Additionally, you can add accents and sound effects by shaking and moving the Striso. I wasn’t really impressed by the sound, but that should be something easy to modify (I’d be happy with just 3 or 4 different sounds). A new folk instrument for the electronic generation?

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