If you watch one video today, make sure that it’s Loumavox : the Forgotten Synthesizer, the story of the synthesizer that time forgot.
The video is a short documentary about how students from an agricultural high school in Courcelles-Chaussy (France) discovered a forgotten synthesizer from the 1960s – the Loumavox.
One of the students found two old suitcases in their barn, one with the Loumavox, and another with the papers and plans of the synth’s creators, Louise and Marc Voksinski.
The students don’t know what to make of it, so they talk to French synth experts, including Jean-Michel Jarre, to find out more and to learn how to use it. In they end, they stage a concert, recreating some of the lost music of the synth’s creators.
It’s an unbelievable story, told unbelievably well. Watch carefully, and you may find yourself scratching your head about some things – like a synth that works perfectly after being stored in a barn for decades and how the kids find and contact one of the synth’s creators. But even skeptics will be impressed by the creativity, craft and work behind the film.
Check out the story of the Loumavox, embedded above, and share your thoughts on the documentary in the comments!