Optigan.com shared this video demo of the Vako Orchestron – the rare and bizarre sample playback keyboard that’s part of Kraftwerk’s iconic sound.
Here’s what they have to say about the video:
Here’s a demo of all 8 original discs that were made for the Vako Orchestron.
This keyboard, which is adapted from the Mattel Optigan, was introduced in 1975 by Dave VanKoevering. It was intended to be a competitor to the Mellotron, but it never really took off.
Kraftwerk was a very early adopter of this instrument. I’ve included little examples of some of the well-known parts Kraftwerk used their Orchestron for back in the day.
See the Optigan.com for Orchestron discs and sample CDs.