The Philosophy Of Berlin School Synthesizer Music

In the last few weeks, we’ve featured a few videos from Ralph Baumgartl‘s vlog, featuring his discussions with the German synth group Thau.

In this video, Baumgartl talks with Thau (Bernd-Miachel Land and Frank Tischer) about why they play the music they do, their inspirations, and their take on what Berlin School synth music is.

Land & Tischer also do some in-studio improvisation, sharing their take on Berlin School.  Continue reading

Inside The Studio Of The IT Crowd’s Matt Berry


Most people know actor Matt Berry for playing the epically awful, sex-crazed boss Douglas Reynholm on the British series, The IT Crowd.

matt-berry-synth-freakWhile he’s best-known for delivering lines like “You there, computer man. Fix my pants.”, though, he’s also a musician with a long list of credits, including scoring for TV, creating a comic rock opera and five albums.

And he’s a synth geek. His Twitter feed is as likely to feature his latest synth (a Prophet 6) as a photo related to his acting work.

Berry recently commissioned Amber Creative to update his home studio to be a more professional work area for recording and writing music.

In this video, Berry shares his thoughts on the updated home studio and what he sees as some of its key elements: Continue reading