Japanese synthesist Yoshio Machida let us know about a new album that he’s released, in collaboration with Belgian artist Constantin Papageorgiadis, Music from SYNTHI 100.
The album was recorded in 2015 in Gent University in Belgium, at the IPEM (Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music), and features only the sounds of a rare EMS SYNTHI 100 modular synthesizer.
Here’s a video capturing Machida & Papageorgiadis at the Synthi 100:
Here’s what they have to say about the album:
This monster analog modular synthesizer(over 2 meters) was used with some equipments for historic pieces/albums (Stockhausen, John Mcguire, Eduard Artemiev, Aphex Twin, etc). But this album is made by only SYNTHI 100, without any effects.
In the 70s, Electronic Music Studios Ltd. (EMS) produced 31 and now only 10 were existed in the world. In 2017, it was exhibited at Documenta 14.
For this album, the one owned by Gent University in Belgium was used.
Machida released “Music from the SYNTHI AKS”(baskaru) in 2014. As the same that album, all tracks were recorded as improvisation without editing in this album.
Papageorgiadis is an expert engineer for analog synth, especially for EMS synth. The one of Gent University was rebuilt by him.
SYNTHI 100 has so many parameters (12 oscillators, 8 filters, etc.) and the signals can be patched freely on the matrix boards. It has own modules that another synths don’t have and the sound can be produced without keyboard. In this album, the function was used, without keyboard. 4 hands controlled and changed parameters in real time. Including a 12 pages booklet with text and pictures.
Music from SYNTHI 100 is available as a digital download or CD via Bandcamp.