Australia’s ABC reports that the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s has largely restored their classic EMS Synthi 100 synthesizer.
When Leslie Craythorn, shown in the first photo above, retires as the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s senior technical officer this year, he will leave behind a rare instrument. Mr Craythorn has spent some of his last months on the job meticulously restoring their rare Electronic Music Studios (EMS) Synthi 100 modular synthesizer.
Delivered to the university from London in March 1973, the Synthi 100 became the centrepiece of the Conservatorium’s electronic music studio.
It was used to create Electronic Music, a vinyl LP released by the university in 1975, which was edited by Mr Craythorn.
The record includes ground-breaking work by Peter Tahourdin, Three Mobiles, featuring ocean-like wave noises, rapid-fire beeps and UFO sounds.
“It demonstrates that the composers in that 70s decade were very much focussed on pitchless, beatless music,” Mr Craythorn said.
The University had kept the rare synthesizer in storage for 20 years, because focus had switched to digital synthesis. With the resurgence of interest in analog synthesizers, students were interested in using the classic synthesizer.
Here’s a short audio demo of the restored EMS Synthi 100 in action:
About 30 of the EMS Synthi 100 synthesizers were made, and Craythorn estimates that only about three of the remaining Synthi 100’s are fully operational.
via ABC, Simon Leo Brown