Helene Berg is a cellist. She’s also an animator, video artist/filmmaker, and does yoga and water-aerobics. So when she plays cello, it’s fitting she might play more than just any old cello. Enter the lasercello, an augmented rendition of the traditional instrument designed by Jonas Ericsson of the Stockholm design agency No Picnic.

Documentation is scant, but Helene writes us with this video to give you an idea:

I think it beats having just a laser harp.

Her links:
www.helene-berg.com
www.myspace.com/heleneberg

  • lematt

    i think i still prefer a good old and simple cello.

  • lematt

    plugged into a buch of FX ! :)

  • buzz

    Does it emit smoke too? There is a lot of smoke here.

  • Sean

    I wish she played something a bit more.. eh.. tonal? Maybe something that lent itself to a cello interface instead of synth noise? Don't mean to crap on her video. I mean, really.. I wasn't smart enough to make a cello out of LASER BEAMS. But, it sounds more like laser drum triggers in the shape of a cello. Helene, more videos please!

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    @buzz; lol. If I had wired this, you really *would* see smoke.

    And hey, as for other comments – doing great documentation is hard. Part of why we post things like this is so people get frank, constructive (hopefully) feedback!

  • Dr. Evil

    i would like to see sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads.

  • BirdFLU

    Honey if you don't turn off Sportscenter and take out the trash right now I'm going to start playing my laser cello!

    Seriously though, what is it with alternate controllers and the aversion to playing something accessible to most listeners? If you ignore the video and just listen to the audio from that you wouldn't think "What an amazing expressive instrument." It sounds like a cat jumping from synth to synth in a crowded Japanese synth shop.

  • fingerfunk

    i really like this. i think it's really cool what she's playing. feels simultaneously very cello-like and very digital. very weird.

  • fingerfunk

    damn. how can you not like that? just listen to it for what it is, and it's great. it's just too short.

    more generally, though, i feel you on this:

    Seriously though, what is it with alternate controllers and the aversion to playing something accessible to most listeners?

    but i like this.

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