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Lyraei, 2021

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The Lyraei is an electromagnetic string instrument designed and created from 2019 to 2021. A modern interpretation of the ancient lyre, this instrument merges the worlds of modular electronics and traditional chordophones.

At the core of the instrument, an electronic brain generates magnetic pulses that excite the steel strings, driving them into continuous oscillations. Their motions, amplified by a set of handmade pickups, transform into massive, mesmerizing drones. Best experienced in a live setting, the Lyraei guides the audience into a hypnotizing journey through dense sonic tapestries.

When playing, one can shape the individual magnetic pulses with precision, or allow the signals to flow into each other in unpredictable ways. The complexities in its circuitry are reflected in the textures of its sound, as the strings are constantly wavering between chaotic motion and natural resonance. These conflicts between its electronic and mechanical state give it its signature timbre.

The Lyraei is a drone machine;
an instrument for vertical time.