Engineers in St. John’s develop new electronic instrument, the Mune

September 05, 2016

When was the last time you heard about a new instrument? Not just a variation on an old form, but an actual brand new creation? Well, Scott Stevenson and Andrew Staniland at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland are working on getting funding via Kickstarter to mass produce the Mune, “new device that combines the power of digital music gear with the simplicity, soul and expressiveness of an acoustic instrument.”

Basically what that means is that the Mune is an electronic instrument designed to be played the same way many acoustic instruments are, eliminating the inconvenience of breaking your back over knobs and keyboards. By touching the Mune in various spots, musicians access pre-assigned sounds (which can be pretty much anything, from drum beats to samples) via sensors set up on its body. That essentially makes the Mune capable of turning anyone into a one-man band.

They’re looking for $100,000 to cover the costs of the first generation of Munes. The incentives range from shirts to an actual custom-made Mune, as well as the basic Mune, which starts at $776. And honestly, less than $800 for a piece of technology capable of what the quite stylish Mune can do seems like a pretty good deal. So far they’ve raised just under $33,000, but you can contribute until September 24.


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Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a writer and photographer. Born and raised on the Prairies in Winnipeg, he’s slowly made his way farther and farther east, spending a few years covering music in Toronto before running clear out of country and ending up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. In between, he’s made numerous detours, interviewing and photographing countless artists across North America and beyond. He heads up Amplify’s Instrumental series, where he talks with musicians about the relationships they’ve formed with their most important tools.

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