Rob Hordijk Interview On Synth Design

The latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast features synth designer Rob Hordijk.

Host Darwin Gross talks with Hordijk, creator of the Hordijk Modular System and other synthesizer, about his synth designs, his approach to synthesizer design and his views on modular synthesis.

Hordijk’s approach to modular synth design focuses on modulation. Or as Hordijk puts it, “Modulations are more important than modules”.

You can listen to the interview via the embed below, or via the A+M+T site:

Here’s what Grosse has to say about the interview:

Rob Hordijk is one of those designers – when he makes something, it seems to hold “the magic”. Whether we are talking about the Benjolin, the Rungler, or one of his system ‘sections’, Rob makes the kind of gear that people dedicate their lives to.

I was really pleased to get the chance to talk to Rob, and was amazed at his approach to synth development: he has a design methodology created from his experiences of electronics, art and system design. The combination makes for an impressive process, the the results speak for themselves.

It is also interesting to hear about how he pursues the artistic angle of his work, and how he interacts with the art and music worlds. I really enjoyed this talk, and I hope you like listening in.

You can learn more about Rob’s work at this site, and you can see Rob in action at this YouTube link. Check it out, and enjoy!

If you’re interested in learning more about the Hordijk Modular System, see video playlist below, via Pedro Trotz, which features Hordijk discussing and demoing his design:

Another resource is synthesist Todd Barton‘s series of tutorial videos on the Hordijk Modular System:

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