What is This Instrument in a New Trent Reznor Song?

Trent Reznor is back with his first musical alms since Nine Inch Nails. The project, named after British industrial noise band, How to Destroy Angels, is a collaboration with his wife, former West Indian Girl frontwoman Mariqueen Maandig.

What we’ve heard so far is really cool, and I for one am really excited about the Dewanatron Swarmatron getting some love in this video. The mysterious synth – though perhaps not as mysterious as this one – was created to produce eight tones tuned approximately to one note, each tone slightly different in pitch to produce a complex and natural choral effect.

Best of all, it’s played with a single taffy-like controller that moves the pitch center up or down.

The Swarmatron was developed by Sculptors, electronic musicians, inventors and cousins, Brian and Leon Dewan.

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