Swedish audiovisual artist Love Hultén has a knack for creating wondrous, imaginary retro inventions. His latest creation – the VOC-25 is no exception, a conceptual vocal synthesizer based on the Axoloti Core and 25 sets of plastic teeth, with each set representing a unique note on the keyboard.
Inspired by Simone Giertz’s conceptual work, the VOC-25 offers the temporary appearance of a desktop computer … after a bad acid trip. A monitor, main console and keyboard with chattering teeth work in unison with results that are just as terrifying and hilarious as you might expect:
The acoustic onslaught is created with RAW vocal audio samples fed into the main console via USB. Each “voice” is stored in a personal voice bank and can be further processed using two built-in effects, reverb and delay. The wood setup works with built-in speakers, but is also equipped with mono outputs on the rear to improve performance and reduce the mechanical noise that could occur if there were 25 chattering teeth.
The one-off project won’t see the light of day as a consumer product, but for those interested in making their own VOC-25, Love Hultén announces that they have an axoloti board and a 25-key keyboard for MIDI -In / Output with used has custom-made products with 25 individual magnets for the choral effect, each connected to a set of hinge teeth. Detailed instructions – without a beautifully modern housing design – can be found at the manufacturer / robotics
Simone Giertz’s YouTube channel.