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NOMAD

NOMAD is a digital musical instrument designed to encourage mobility and adventure. The minimalistic form and flexible strings, which never break or get out of tune, makes this instrument portable and durable.

Design

Orit Dolev
Israel

Technology is constantly changing the way we are living. Powerful mobile devices and widespread connectivity serve as fertile ground for a new generation of nomads. From urban work-from-anywhere lifestyle to digital nomads roaming the globe freely, new cultural movements are rising. We are more mindful of the objects we surround ourselves with, striving to travel light and collect experiences more than things – own less, explore more.

NOMAD is a digital musical instrument born from the desire to create music on the go. It is designed to be thrown in a backpack to bring one’s musical creation to life, anytime and anywhere. The wooden neck creates a familiar feeling while the minimalistic form enables users to take their musical instrument anywhere they go. The pressure sensitive frets and flexible strings preserve a traditional playing experience, however, they will never break or get out of tune.

NOMAD combines both the digital and the analogue – maintaining the familiarity of a classic guitar yet adding the possibilities hidden within a digital musical instrument. Paired with an app, NOMAD can play an endless variety of sounds and the frets can be turned off for “fretless mode”, while a digital capo controls the pitch of the strings.

Create music wherever life takes you. Play music through headphones during quiet nights and busy subway rides or connect wirelessly to the portable amplifier to share musical creations with other people. Designed as a pair, the amplifier doubles as a case cover, protecting and complementing the instrument. Creating distinct areas of internal and external, low-tech and hi-tech, traditional and modern, NOMAD was designed to age with grace and just like traditional musical instruments, it becomes unique and deeply personalised over time.

The user interface with its iconic flexible strings distils the essence of a musical instrument to its core and invites anyone to create music. Whether it is bringing people together, overcoming language and cultural barriers, or keeping musical creations private via personal headphones, NOMAD is a musical instrument that fits into any lifestyle.

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