Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a synth jam by reader Rene Splinter that features the relatively rare STEIM Kraakdoos (or Cracklebox) with more traditional synthesizers.
The video begins with a demo of the Kraakdoos by Splinter. His track, Modern Ruins, starts at about 3:34.
The Kraakdoos, known to many as the Cracklebox, is an experimental electronic music instrument created by Michel Waisvisz and others at STEIM (STudio for Electro Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam. The instrument is designed to be played with the fingers directly on the circuit board, completing connections and ‘controlling’ unstable oscillators.
“Those who are familiar with this instrument know that it’s quite hard do control,” notes Splinter. “It responds to the conductivity of the human body, as the instrument uses the skin to close it’s circuits in order to make sounds. It would probably respond very different to each individual.”
Along with the Kraakdoos, Splinter plays Moog Rogue live, as well as some piano parts and a riff on the Kawai K5, doubled with the Kurzweil K2000RS, via MIDI.
via Rene Splinter