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Nashville-Made All-in-One Instrument Showcased at Music Tech Conference -- Eric Alvarez

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Artiphon Instrument 1 doesn't have strings but it does connect to 21st Century tech, so you can program it to play as any instrument you want.

"If I want to play it like a guitar, I can, but I can put it up abd play it like a violin, put it down, play it like a piano or a keyboard, drum machine kind of thing," said Mike Butera, designer.

The idea came from a 2011 backyard jam session.  Butera said Nashville was the perfect place to make the idea a reality.

"Nashville as a tech scene is emerging," Butera said.  "We're seeing a lot of people thinking outside the box and that's really our community so for us Nashville is the obvious home for the best music technology company coming up."

Right now the instrument is already in the hands of professional musicians, but it's designed to simple enough for anyone to play it.

"For people who don't know what instrument they want to play yet, this is a great way for them to start," Butera said.

Butera said the instrument could help save music in public schools because each one can turn into any instrument at the touch of a button.

Butera said Artiphon is hoping to form an outreach partnership with the Nashville Symphony to put music in the hands of as many people as possible.

You can't buy an Artiphon yet but you can try it out for yourself at the NAMM Music Industry Day Saturday at the Music City Center.

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