The Subharmonicon was built, according to Moog, to “explore the world of subharmonics, polyrhythms, and the unique relationships they create.” The Moog team continued on to describe its intentions:
“The Moog Subharmonicon is a versatile analog labyrinth of subharmonically derived synthesis and polyrhythmic patterns, equally suited for losing oneself and simultaneously finding oneself through sound. This new semi-modular analog synthesizer is designed for the exploration of sequences that unfold and evolve over time, spiraling through six-tone subharmonic chords and organic polyrhythms.”
The Subharmonicon dives into a more experimental side for Moog, as it combines the iconic Moog sound with inspiration from experimental music composition theories from the 1930s and 40s – its origins are largely inspired by the Mixtur-Trautonium and the Rhythmicon (developed by the inventor of the Theremin).
The Subharmonic can be interfaced with the Mother-32, DFAM, and other Eurorack-compatible gear to create a synthesis of sound worth playing with. It can also be patched into itself – even though no patching is required to start creating. It includes two VCOs, two 4-Step Sequencers, Subharmonic Oscillators, and four Rhythm Generators – as well as the 32-point patchbay that lives on the right side of the synth.
When it comes to testing this new gear out, composer and producer Suzanne Ciani took matters into her own hands. She’s created a soundtrack to her short experimental film Music As A Living Matter, featuring visuals by Scott Kiernan, with the Subharmonicon. You can watch it below.
The Subharmonicon will launch at a price point of $699 USD. More details on Moog website.