The Smomid is a unique interface/musical instrument created by Nick Demopoulos. It's name is an acronym for "String Modeling Midi Device." The Smomid hardware looks much like a touch sensitive guitar or bass. The Smomid software allows a performer to control many aspects of a performance, including playing melodies, harmonies, controlling beats, bass lines, triggering samples, manipulating audio files and more. All aspects of a performance can be controlled from a grid on a fretboard and buttons on an instrument body. In addition to emitting sound the Smomid also emits light that's rhythically in sync with the music the instrument is creating. The first Smomid was completed in 2010 and had four strings. The second Smomid was completed in June of 2012 and has nine membrane potentiometers that function as strings, two joysticks, eleven high powered LEDs, force sensing resistors, sixteen buttons and two Arduino Mega micro controllers that allow all these sensors to interface with a computer or other midi devices.
In 2013 this project grew to include two additional controllers called pyramids that incorporated a dynamic and interactive visual element. The lights on these additional devices interact with musical rhythms and timbral aspects of music created with the Smomid. They also provide additional control surfaces that have allowed Nick to incorporate "Machine Learning" and other algorithmic type processes in real time.
The Smomid was created out of necessity because there are almost no guitar-like midi controllers commercially available despite the fact that the guitar is the most popular instrument in the world. But make no mistake, this is not a guitar, nor is it a substitute for a guitar, nor is it a shortcut to creating sound. The Smomid is a unique, new instrument and like all musical instrument has it's own strengths and weaknesses and requires patience and practice time to master. Nick Demopoulos is still maintaining an active career as a professional guitar player in New York City and spends time practicing both guitar and Smomid
The Smomid has been featured in Gutar World, Guitar Aficionado, Warper Party Radio, Create Digital Music, BOMB Magazine, Popular Noise Magazine and Metal Injection. The Smomid made it's debut performance in 2010, and since that time has been featured at the In/Out 2011 Festival, SXSW Music Festival, Dixon Place Theatre in New York, WNYC's Greenspace in New York, the Interactive Music New York Festival, Handmade Music New York and the 2010 and 2013 World Maker Faire among others.
Music recorded on the Smomid can be heard in the Mp3s on the left side of this page. This music was recorded live with no overdubs to provide an accurate representation of what a Smomid performance sounds like. Links to videos of what it looks like to play the Smomid can be found below.
Please visit the Events page to find out about upcoming events or performances. If you have any questions about the Smomid or would like to receive emails about upcoming events please send an email to email@example.com and put "Smomid" in the subject heading.
Friends and fans of the Smomid thank you very much for your support, it is very much appreciated.