Hey guys, i had an idea for an effect that doesnt exist, but could be pretty cool. I dont have any idea how to acheive it yet and just the idea is pretty crazy but i want to see what you guys think, so far its just a thought experiment about what such a device would be capable of.
I'm starting a two piece dance punk band, with a friend (she'll be just on drums), and i've been thinking about ways to diversify what can be done on a guitar. I got to thinking about dj's and about what they do with time and pitch manipulation, essentially scratching. I want to emulate this effect on a guitar.
So the idea is to have a midi controller that is a large spin knob. Perhaps something like the monome arc. monome
This is to be used as a temporal controller, and im thinking that i would an open source linux board.
What you then have a recording buffer, so it captures everything you played for the last two minutes, and turning the knob allows you to turn back time essentially, at any speed you want exactly like using a digital turntable, and letting go of it lets it play at real time up to the point in the recording where you moved it back. (so you rewound 10 seconds it would play for 10 seconds).
It gets crazier though, the device would still be recording the stream, so all the stuff you are doing gets recorded at real time, and can be rewound back to. (double pitch bending would start to sound glitchy.... it might sound really cool, or really bad)
I think that it would probably be really difficult to master, even if built properly. and would probably need a temp tap feature, that means you can tab in with the drummer and it gets the beat of the song, and when you rewind it would settle into the closest beat.
So, am i crazy does this make sense? And do you guys have any idea how the **** i can do it. I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty.