Michael Brecker

Saturday May 8, 2004

The aulochrome is the next great leap forward in the saxophone family of instruments. It was invented by François Louis, more than a century after fellow Belgian inventor, Adolph Sax, changed the face of music.

The aulochrome’s ingeniously designed mechanism is a breakthrough in musical instrument engineering. The aulochrome can produce two notes at once—in a completely natural and flexible way—which allows the player to create instant counterpoint. The results are awesome; it’s as if it’s two saxes in one.

Over the years, François has created dozens of new designs for saxophone related components, from mouthpieces to ligatures to reeds. The aulochrome is his masterpiece, and it could very well prove to be as essential as the saxophone in modern music.

Mike Brecker