Formed in 1969, Electronic Music Studios (EMS) quickly became innovators for the recording, production and advancement of electronic music. The ideas and designs that bubbled forth out of the ingenuitive minds of Peter Zinovieff, Tristram Cary, David Cockerell and others, led to the creation of some of the most wildly original musical/sound design equipment ever conceived. The VCS3, Synthi A + AKS, Synthi 100, Synthi E, Synthi Logik and the Soundbeam are among these, almost unworldly, devices.
It is often said EMS gear has attained cult status, reaching a fervor of near worship among its users. The Synthi Group is an example and collection of such users. United through the Synthi blog and forum (www.thesynthi.de) and located throughout the world, the group’s members have come together for a planned series of compilation volume releases where the individuality and approach of each member towards their EMS instrument is showcased and broadcasted for all to experience. The listener will hear wildly different examples of styles and sounds that this original, and oft times, vintage equipment can create.
EMS were true pioneers from the very beginning, always looking beyond the culture and times they were surrounded and seemingly trapped in. Still around today, thanks to Robin Wood and Ludwig Rehberg, they are one of the few companies involved with electronic instrument production that have had a continued run since their inception. The Synthi Group have honed the original pioneering spirit and DIY ethic of EMS with their Volume series, a collection of sounds encompassing beautiful dreamscapes, synaesthetic visions, dark ambience, aural abstractions, sonic absurdities, pulsating analog, glitch, ring modulators, and envelope shapers generating trapezoidal geometry. Beginning with Volume 1, the Synthi Group compilations aim to ensure the story of EMS continues well into the future of electronic music production.
[Synopsis by Alka]
Artist: Don Hassler
Title: No Subsequent Interaction Synthi Recording No. 1
Device: EMS Synthi A MK1
Artist: The Vegan Surgeons
Title : VCS3ImprovC
Device: EMS VCS3 Mark I, recorded and processed
digitally through Audiomulch
Genre: 50-60’s electroacoustic music
Artist : Trap & Zoid
Title : Gnomes evasion
Device : EMS Synthi A + Aria AD10 analog delay,
recorded live in one take with Edirol R-09HR, unprocessed.
Genre : live electronics / psychedelic / experimental
Contact : http://www.myspace.com/trapandzoid
Location : Brussels, Belgium
Title: 29days laterrr
Device: EMS Synthi AKS, Pencils,
live improvising into Audiomulch.
Genre: Avant Electronics
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Artist: Sam Samshuijzen
Device: Modified EMS Synthi AKS
Randrum pulse generator/divider for the returned ES
triggering of the synthi 4 track analog tape recorder
Remixed with a digital system into a 4 channel composition (4C).
This is the stereo mix of those 4 (2C).
Done in Studio Denkraam, Ede NL, 1980.
It’s called simple, because it makes basic use of a
sequence voltage for one oscillator, while playing
the realtime voltage to another oscillator simultaneously.
Title: Can the sound change
Device: EMS Synthi AKS, multilayering of sounds, recorded and processed
digitally through ProTools.
Title: Do you observe?
Device: EMS Synthi AKS cv-ed by Blippoo Box witch processes
audio + Delay and Reverb
Device: EMS Synthi A & Roland Space Echo 201
Genre: Exp.,broadcasted in 1979 by radio KRO Hilversum 4
“Collage van Alledaags en Zeldzaam”
Artist: Johan Schurer
Device: EMS Synthi AKS
Location: The Netherlands
Title: Ich kann den Strom in der Wand hören.
Device: EMS Synthi AKS 80 treated by EMS Soundbeam recorded via RME
processed digitally through ProTools.
Title: Setting Sun
Device: EMS Synthi AKS (London UK model from 1975), only some Roland
Chorus Echo and SRV-330 Reverb added; recorded and processed digitally
via Cubase 4
Genre: Space Music / Ambient Drone
Artist: Delia (Leo Learchi – Luca Isabella – Daniele De Rossi)
Title: Trilogia per Delia (live excerpt)
Device: EMS Synthi A, AKS, E, Digisound 80 modular synthesizer,
field recordings, PC.
Title: Interrupt Structure
Device: EMS Synthi Mk1 AKS partially processed through the Elektron
SPS1 UW Mk2. Further processing and recording through Apple Logic Pro.
Genre: Electronic / Glitch / Experimental
Device: EMS VCS3 Mk II, Boss DD-3 Delay
Genre: Improv / Experimental
Artist: D. Skevington
Title: Block I
Device: Layers of direct and amplified Synthi A.
Device: EMS Synthi AKS, live recording.
Title: Dripping party
Device: EMS Synthi A
Title: Harmony Suitcase
Devices: EMS Synthi A, Roland TR808, Sequential Circuits Pro One,
Roland System 100 101, Roland SH101, Roland MKS80, Roland RE301
Location: Berlin, Germany
Device: Live Performance using a modified EMS Synthi AKS.
Making heavy use of oscillator sync.
Location: United Kingdom
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