OK. I’ll admit it, despite the Marcodi Harpejji being introduced in 2007 and being used and featured by Jordan Rudess, I’ve not personally come across this incredible instrument until now.
The Harpejji is an electric stringed instrument that belongs to the “tapping instruments” family. It's kind of a cross between a guitar and a piano. With 24 strings (16 treble and 8 bass) the Harpejji gives you two audio outputs and as Walk off The Earth show in this catchy music performance video, “I can’t feel my face” it’s an instrument you can play with your friends!
Yours truly has been a bit skepitcal about the state of "pop" music for a while. But when presented with evidence of talented musicianship combined with innovative music technology I hold my hands up and say, "Pop ain't dead!"
What I really like is the collaborative nature of the Harpejji. Now it can be played by a solo musician, of course. But, Walk off the Earth show how this stringed beast can be the beating heart of a musical performance. And in being so it's as engaging for the audience as it appears to be for the bands musicians. I'd be hard pressed to say that's the case for every MIDI / DJ / Music controller instrument on the market right now...
The other aspect that strikes me here is how many of us have probably never come across the Harpejji before. Not surprising as it is fairly unique and more expensive than most mass produced music controllers. But, it leaves me feeling warm inside that there's inventors continuing to create new musical instruments and that there's musicians looking to perform with new instruments. Let's face it, if everybody was using controller X or DAW Y it'd be a pretty boring musical landscape out there.
Anyway, enough from me. Check out the video below showing Walk off the Earth performing using the Harpejji. If you can hold off from watching it twice then you're a better man/woman than me! Enjoy :)
More about Marcodi Harpejji http://www.marcodi.com
More about Walk off the Earth http://www.walkofftheearth.com/singitallaway