Guitar Dreams

Adrian Freed's decades-long desire to marry music and technology is finally going public. Will anyone listen?

He stops suddenly, as if embarrassed. "You'll hear better music from David [Wessel] and others," he says, tucking the guitar back into its case.

But Freed is shortchanging himself. He may not be an accomplished musician, but unlike many people, he can hear the depth of sonic potential; he's privy to the sounds that exist on the technological fringes. He's not a composer, but the new digital guitar is his masterpiece.

For decades, Adrian Freed has dreamed of 
using technology to increase the sonic 
possibilities of the electric guitar. The 
MaGIC (above left) is the result.
Paolo Vescia
For decades, Adrian Freed has dreamed of using technology to increase the sonic possibilities of the electric guitar. The MaGIC (above left) is the result.
Adrian Freed (left) and David Wessel both 
worked at Paris' IRCAM, the most influential 
computer music center in the world.
Paolo Vescia
Adrian Freed (left) and David Wessel both worked at Paris' IRCAM, the most influential computer music center in the world.

"It's just exciting to be surrounded by the possibilities of sound," he says.

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