The EMS Putney Synthesizer

This playlist of videos, via Abstructure, captures The Putney VHS, which was released on FAX +49-69/450464 records in 1995:

Only 500 Copies PAL format and 500 copies in NTSC format were made.

This video was created by using an EMS Videosizer which is fed with musical information in order to produce and treat color, shape, lightness and contrast of the visual information.

Pete Namlook is a purist. He never wanted to release a video with grinning musicians fuzzing around with their instruments or 3D animation which has not the timeless quality. More Important is the direct connection to the music.Visuals not as an explanation of the sound but more an enhancement and intensification of the overall musical experience.

Operator at the machine was Ludwig Rehberg except Video 1 (Pete Namlook).

The EMS VCS3, aka The Putney, is a portable matrix synthesizer introduced in 1969.


  • 3 x Voltage Controlled Oscillators.
  • Noise Generator.
  • 2 x Input Amplifiers.
  • Ring Modulator.
  • Voltage Controlled Low Pass Filter.
  • Trapezoid Envelope Generator.
  • Voltage Controlled Reverberation.
  • Meter.
  • 2 x Stereo Output Amplifiers.
  • Joystick.

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