Walter Müller, Inventor of Futuristic Harmonica, Dies, But Millioniser Lives On

The man who gave harmonicas a boldly futuristic vision is lost to us. We’ve learned that Walter Müller, inventor of the MIDI wind controller Millioniser, died this month. Rock Erickson of Millioniser writes with the news, and updates us on plans to carry on with the Millioniser as well as to honor Müller’s memory. (See the groovy video from 1983 promoting this creation.) I am sad to announce that Walt Miller (Walter Müller) Inventor of Millioniser (midi wind controller) has died in Switzerland on 10.13.2011. Millioniser introduces HIP™ Technology (Harmonica In Principal) which enables the user to sound notes via …

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Millioniser 2000: 80s-tastic MIDI Harmonica Whose Time Has Come?

“It comes from tomorrow …but it’s here today.” Well, now it is tomorrow. And yesterday’s tomorrow still looks futuristic. Try this test: show someone the video above for the Millioniser 2000, a MIDI harmonica designed by Ronald Schlimmer. Tell them this is a 2009 video designed to go viral, a fakery of 80s cheese. After all, the instrument itself looks impossibly futuristic. Surely this wasn’t really designed in 1979. Surely the close up thigh shots of the backup singer girls in the back are tongue-in-cheek parody. Your friends will believe you. Of course, you’ll be lying.

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