Optigan guru Pea Hicks let us know about this video, which captures Rami Jaffee (The Wallflowers, Foo Fighters) test driving his restored and custom Optigan 35012.
The Optigan is a bizarre ‘OPTIcal orGAN’, created by Mattel in the 1970’s. It’s a sort of proto-sampler, playing back audio encoded on film discs.
Optigan’s were made with bad technology and worse build quality. Nevertheless, Optigans have a completely unique sound and vibe.
Jaffee’s Optigan was restored and customized by Robert Becker, of Quilter Labs. Becker arranged an unveiling and test drive for Jaffee at their office. In the video, Jaffee also tries out some of the new Optigan discs from Hicks’ Optigan.com.