Twenty Systems is the latest release from electronica artist and Expanding Records founder Ben Edwards, aka Benge.
Twenty Systems features 20 tracks made on 20 synthesizers spanning 20 years, accompanied by 60 page color book with a foreword by Robin “Scanner” Rimbaud.
Brian Eno describes the release as “A brilliant contribution to the archaeology of electronic music.”
His 10th solo album, the project combines an audio CD of new music with a hardbound full color book containing photos and diagrams of the electronic instruments used, along with a detailed history documenting the development of synthesizers between 1968 and 1988.
The purpose of the record is to demonstrate the development of the synthesizer from the first commercially available systems in the late 1960s to the introduction of fully digital systems in the late 1980s. Although not intended to be a comprehensive history of synthesizers, the listener will hopefully gain some insight into the character of each instrument, and on a more general level experience the evolving sound of synthesis over the years.