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Syn​-​Ket Studien

by Hainbach

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Rodney Greenblat
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Rodney Greenblat There is an old forgotten machine the purpose was experimental. It is rescued by a man who sets it to use with love and hope. Pulsing and tapping old circuits comes to life patiently humming, buzzing and bubbling in and out. in his hands a peculiar joy is returned from the dusty closet. Past science and sound are saved from nowhere.
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veenstar The only way I can describe the sounds made by this machine is powerful. All the sounds including the fizzes and clicks seem to have a weight I don't hear in many instrumental synth recordings. I'm sure that is equal parts the machine and the player. So nice. Favorite track: Studie G - Vivace.
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Ini7ial Not gonna wait for the vinyl! Digital ist besser! Favorite track: Studie G - Vivace.
Bill Brasky
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Bill Brasky Feel this would pair well as the score to Logan's Run from 1976. Very interesting sound, am happy to have help back the vinyl effort. Favorite track: Studie G - Vivace.
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c0unt_zer0 The Syn-Ket sounds amazing! Now I just have to wait for the vinyl... Favorite track: Studie G - Vivace.
David Wisking
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David Wisking A deeply unnerving album. A harsh, but beautiful journey through sound Favorite track: Studie C - Largo.
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About Syn-Ket Studien

"Syn-Ket Studien (German for „study“) is as much an exploration as its a love letter. When I tried to coax music from this wonderful but not always perfectly working instrument, I was under the spell of the beautiful Marche region and the hospitality I encountered at the Museo. The album cover by Zé Burnay reflects that - the countryside and culture frames the session.
Having only a few days with the Syn-Ket, I needed to work effectively. I decided it would be the tempo that would guide my interaction with the instrument. By setting the speeds of the modulators first I learned quickly what the instrument could do and what I could do with it. Every piece is the result of a learning curve, the struggle of playing an undocumented instrument and the joy of its incredible rich and powerful sound.
At home in my Berlin studio I left the sound as raw and unedited as made sense musically, adding only a touch ambience with an old stereo spring reverb."
Hainbach, Berlin, 2022

A Short History of The Syn-Ket

"The Syn-Ket is a truly exceptional instrument: developed in Italy at the same time that Robert Moog and Don Buchla set out to write instrument history, Paolo Ketoff created what is probably the first portable synthesizer.
Born from the experience of making the huge Fonosynth and inspired by the works of Harald Bode, Ketoff worked closely with musicians and composers of the American Academy of Rome (John Eaton, Bill Smith) to create an electronic instrument that would allow live performances without tape playback.
Shunning mass production, the Syn-Ket was only produced in nine custom pieces, starting in 1963, all tailored to the musician that ordered it. And those lucky few got a lot, despite the compact size: three voices with tube oscillators, two filters and an LFO, an octave filter bank and three output modulators (a mixture of LFO/Envelope/VCA). All is controlled by a very expressive three row pressure sensitive keyboard.
It found widespread use in Italian movies of the times. Little wonder, as one Syn-Ket was famously owned by Ennio Morricone"
- Riccardo Pietroni, Museo Del Synth Marchigiano, 2022


released August 23, 2022

Music composed, performed and recorded by Hainbach at Museo Del Synth Marchegiano, 2022.
Cover Art by Zé Burnay


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Hainbach Berlin, Germany

Based out of Berlin, Germany, electronic music composer and perfomer Hainbach creates shifting audio landscapes THE WIRE called "One hell of a trip". His music has been released on Opal Tapes, Seil Records, Spring Break Tapes, Limited Interest and Marionette. ... more


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