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This Terrifying Nightmare Instrument Will Give You Goosebumps

The Apprehension Engine was custom-built by Canadian guitar maker Tony Duggan-Smith, and it’s the stuff of nightmares.

Think of the most terrifying sounds ever. Then imagine an instrument that creates those sounds. That’s what custom guitar maker Tony Duggan-Smith did when he created The Apprehension Engine for Mark Korven, a soundtrack composer best known for his work on the black magic-inspired period piece The Witch. The machine generates sound through metal rulers that, when hit or stroked with a bow, create vibrations that are processed through a hurdy-gurdy-like mechanism and a spring reverb. The echoey sounds that emanate from The Apprehension Engine are otherworldly and much more bizarre than anything we’ve heard produced using modular synthesis. Take a listen below…if you dare.


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