Synthesized - 23 & 24 June 2018

Synthesized - 23 & 24 June 2018
Item Qty To Buy Price
Adult (One Day) £8.00
Adult (Weekend Pass) £12.00
Child (One Day) £6.00
Child (Weekend Pass) £9.00
Family (One Day) £24.00
Family (Weekend Pass) £36.00
Concession (One Day) £6.00
Concession (Weekend Pass) £9.00

Description :

Synthesized celebrates the computer and synthesiser - and how the two technologies grew up together.

The two technologies have crossed paths many times since the CSIRAC mainframe played the "Colonel Bogey March” in 1951. The mighty Fairlight CMI and the humble Dragon 32 both share the same processor - as do the Moog Source, Prophet-5 and the ZX Spectrum. By 1990, the Atari ST found its way into almost every recording studio. Technologies from the flagship Yamaha DX7 and Roland D-50 found their way into almost every PC sound card of the 1990s. Today, modern computers can emulate almost any classic synthesiser with near perfect accuracy.

This year, Synthesized will bring you some of the landmark machines from the last 30 years that have shaped and transformed how music is made. The Fairlight and the Greengate DS:4 introduced us to a new way of making music with digital sampling. Without computers we wouldn’t have FM, wavetable, additive and phase distortion synthesis - or even be able to save the sounds on our analog synthesiser.

As ever, we’ll have the our collection of synthesiser out for everyone to play on - bring your own headphones! We’ll also have demonstrations of the iconic synthesisers and computer music systems of the 80s and 90s, plus some examples of the very latest technologies too. Keep checking back to see what’s happening!


Rob Puricelli, Fairlight Enthusiast & Restorer and Music Technology Blogger

Rob (of and UK representative of Fairlight CMI restoration experts, Horizontal Productions) will be coming to talk about his restoration of a Fairlight CMI and tell us about the history of this iconic machine that featured on almost every hit of the 80s! We also hope Rob will bring a Fairlight to demonstrate to us.

Martin Ley, John Molloy and the Greengate DS:4

Martin (of Twilight Passion) will be bringing his Greengate DS:4, probably the only working example in the world. Greengate built this budget British Fairlight, based around an Apple IIe, from 1982 to 1987. It was used by bands such as Mainframe, The JAMs (aka The KLF), New Order and even appears on "I want your sex" by George Michael. We hope we'll be joined by John Molloy of 80s band Mainframe, who were closely involved in its development, to demonstrate it to us.

Soulsby Synthesizers

Come and take a look at the awesome Atmegatron Synth - a mini 8-bit synth based around an Arduino! They'll also be bringing along some fantastic retro gear including a Mac Plus running Trax, Fostex R8 8-track, Emu Drumulator, Sequential Pro One, Yamaha DX7 IIFD, Roland Juno 60, Ensoniq ESQ1. Soulsby will be at the event on Saturday and Sunday.
Checkout the Atmegatron and other Soulsby synths here :

Equipment on Display

Come and experience some classic machines of the 80s and 90s including as well as some modern gear :

  • Roland D-50
  • Roland S-750 Sampler
  • Roland MC-202
  • Roland TB-303 (THE Acid Box)
  • Roland TR-505 Drum Machine
  • Roland SH-101
  • Roland Alpha Juno-1 with PG-300 Programmer
  • Yamaha SY-85
  • Yamaha CS5
  • Yamaha TX7 (Module version of the classic DX7)
  • Akai S1000 Sampler
  • Akai S5000 Sampler
  • Akai MPC Touch
  • Akai Timbrewolf
  • Casio FZ-1
  • Casio CZ-101
  • Casio VZ-1
  • Korg T3ex (Studio version of the classic Korg M1)
  • Korg Prophecy
  • Korg SQ1
  • Korg Volca Beats
  • Ensoniq EMU-32 Sampler
  • Kawai K4R
  • DR-550
  • Yamaha RX
  • Casio RZ-1
  • Casio DD-5
  • Yamaha CX5M MSX Computer with Keyboard
  • Commodore 64 Computer with Keyboard
  • PC with Gravis Ultrasound Card (Running Demoscene Software)
  • Simmons Kit with Alesis D5


Time: 10am - 7pm.

* Concessions include Students, OAPs, Disabled and Carers.
* Family entry is for 2 Adults and 2 Children.



Remember - All proceeds go to support our Computing Museum!


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