Aura

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This is a prototype model for our newest variation on the SoL: the Aura.

A 6-hole ocarina in the key of Alto D, this pendant allows you to hold the combined power of Music and Light in a magically alluring vessel which, unlike its larger 10-hole predecessor, can be worn comfortably around your neck.

 

The Color of Music

What if you could see music?  

This question sent us* on a quest to develop an ocarina that engages the eyes as well as the ears. Three years and thousands of man hours later, we are finally ready to share the results of our quest.

Introducing the SoL ocarina, a synesthetic experience of music making that truly feels magical.

Now what is synesthesia? Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory pathway leads to experiences in a second sensory pathway.

Sound -> Light

The light show of the SoL ocarina is not just lovely to look at, it is specific to the note being played. Very specific!  In fact, as you slightly adjust your breath pressure and thus raise/lower the pitch, the color will shift with you. Soon, you will begin composing music according to the hue of the tone, with a whole new dimension of expression opening up before you.  

The key of this ocarina is Alto D, which is also the note known as Re in the Do-Re-Mi system starting from C. So it is slightly a deeper tone than the more common Alto C ocarina. You will find this key is frequently perfectly in tune with sounds both in nature, and on the radio!

The design factor is inspired by river rocks, and organic repeating patterns of spirals. The form factor is also such that you could slip this ocarina in your front pocket, it is very comfortable and sleek.

There are no buttons, ports, switches, or knobs.  You never need to turn it on or off.  As soon as you start playing, it "wakes up", and when you are done, it goes "to sleep".  The wake up time is @1/1000 of a second.  There is a rechargeable lithium ion battery inside, recharged wirelessly by setting it on a Qi charging pad (included) that can also charge Android and Apple cellphones.  A single charge can last 10 hours of playback and 16 days of standby.   

 

 

**Us in this case is a collaboration of Songbird Ocarina and Digital Pheromones, working together to deliver a truly magical music experience at the intersection of science and art...


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