It was built in an East German acoustics lab, and used in soundtracks for East German movies. It predates any Moog or Buchla synth. You won’t find it mentioned in any textbooks, nor is it listed in the famous 120 Years of Electronic Music website.
Retrosonik is primitive and looks like it was abandoned years ago, some of the links are busted and there isn’t any information in Whois except the name James Phillips. I must say, his projects are amazing, what little we can see of them. (Although his spelling is awful.)
A French project to create a completely reconfigurable, open MIDI controller.
Sadly, there have been almost no new posts on their forums (which are mostly in English) since 2007.
Someone mentioned American distribution:
Yet there’s nothing on Analogue Haven’s site about the Mawzer.
Did it fail?
Kit or assembled. It even has a remote control.
(Website is a bit ugly, though. Shades of early
…than Dave Wright.
If there was ever someone deserving of the title “evil genius of electronic music”,
Dave wins the big shiny trophy. Most of his DIY stuff is made out of literal junk.
I dont think Matrix nor MusicThing has mentioned him.
He is not a typical circuitbender, his devices look like little works of art in soldering.
It is funny to see people criticize alternative MIDI keyboards. At least they are meant to be easier to play.
I can prove that the piano keyboard was a bad idea, its easy. See this?
It’s a finger stretcher for pianists. I don’t think there’s a similar torture device for other instruments.
Supposedly Robert Schumann ended his playing career with one of these by injuring his right hand.
Face it, the traditional piano keyboard is a BAD DESIGN. Its great that some companies are taking a chance and offering a better design.
Recently I was in the local Dollar Tree store, and came upon the toys below on a shelf.
yes, they cost a dollar each.
yes, they have TUNING knobs. Press a button and twist the knob for garbled craziness.
btw, they have only one real button, the four buttons visible are all connected in parallel…..
sounds later…..as soon as I install wider range pots.