Suzuki has announced that a reissue of the iconic Omnichord will be arriving in late 2023.
Suzuki have officially announced that a reissue of the Omnichord will be available to purchase by late 2023 – a celebration of the company’s 70th anniversary.
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“In the 1980s, the electronic musical instrument ‘Omnichord’ gained tremendous popularity among gadget-loving music lovers for its quirky look and tone.
We have been receiving requests to resurrect the Omnichord for a long time. And this year, 2023, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Suzuki Musical Instruments Manufacturing, we will reproduce the Omnichord!
It is scheduled to be released around the fall of 2023,“ the company announced.
There have been a handful of versions of the Omnichord released by Suzuki, beginning in 1981 with the OM-27. Perplexingly, the instrument was initially intended to be a folk instrument – an electronic emulation of the auto-harp. It has gained cult status over the years thanks to the various high profile musicians and producers, ranging from Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, to Damon Albarn of Gorillaz and Blur, who have used it on their records.
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The Omnichord has even enjoyed a recent bout of online virality thanks to the aforementioned Damon Albarn, who revealed in an interview with Zane Lowe that he used the instrument’s ‘Rock 1’ preset when creating the hook for the Gorillaz smash hit ‘Clint Eastwood’.
Details on the Suzuki Omnichord anniversary reissue are to come.