Here’s something I came cross the other day, an album from 1972 by Mike Hankinson, an English guy who lived in South Africa though album was produced in the USA.
It’s called “The Unusual Classical Synthesizer” and was made entirely on a Electronic Music Studios “Synthi” VCS-3 as opposed the Moog Modular which was the weapon of choiceÂ for many of the “Switched on” also rans that came after Wendy Carlos.
The track listing is as follows
1 Toccata and Fugue in D minor (Bach) [7:05]
2 Variations – Mein junges Leben hat ein End (Sweelinck) [3:29]
3 Sonata in D major (Scarlatti) [2:46]
4 Sonata Rondo (Clementi) [3:20]
1 Concerto in A minor (Bach) [2:59]
2 Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart) [3:37]
3 Italian Concerto (Bach) [3:37]
4 Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven) [5:08]
From VintageSynth.com about the VCS-3
“The VCS3 (nicknamed the Putney) is an analog monosynth housed in a distinctive angled wooden case, a truly classic synth. EMS (Electronic Music Studios) was created in England back in 1969. The VCS3 was one of their first synths and it is still a great, unique, funky little unit! Pictured above is the Mark I model. Pictured is another unit with the small wood-cased DK2 voltage-control keyboard required to play the VCS3.
It has three oscillators, and a unique matrix-based patch system. Instead of patch wires, the VCS3 uses a patchbay grid in which the synth components are laid out, and signal routing is accomplished by placing small pins into the appropriate slots. The VCS3 was, in actuality, a modular type synthesizer reduced down to an extremely portable size.”
Just goes to show that few things today are really that new, on the sleeve notes it says “It is recommended that you play this disc on a very good system and if you own a Quadraphonic synthesizer, listen to it through that – the sound will amaze you. Be careful not to damage your speakers playing the Bach Toccata !”