Electronica artist and Expanding Records founder Ben Edwards, aka Benge, has announced the upcoming re-release of Twenty Systems, a 2008 album featuring 20 tracks made on 20 synthesizers spanning 20 years.
The project combines an audio CD of original music with a hardbound full color book, containing photos and diagrams of the electronic instruments used, along with a history documenting the development of synthesizers between 1968 and 1988.
The goal for the record is “to demonstrate the development of the synthesizer from the first commercially available systems in the late 1960s to the introduction of fully digital systems in the late 1980s. Although not intended to be a comprehensive history of synthesizers, the listener will hopefully gain some insight into the character of each instrument, and on a more general level experience the evolving sound of synthesis over the years.”
It’s available via Amazon (Its release date is July 23, 2013; it’s now available as a pre-order.)