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Joe Paradiso's modular synth finds a new home at the MIT Museum

Joe Paradiso's enormous modular synthesizer has found a new home in the MIT Museum, where it will be streaming a new patch live each week.

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Having exhibited his enormous analog modular synthesiser around the world, MIT Media laboratory professor Joe Paradiso has now installed it into a permanent home at MIT's Museum, and is creating a new patch for it every week. Paradiso spent 14 years between 1974 and 1988 building the synth, which creates some fairly amazing patterns and sounds without the use of a sequencer. The scale of the synthesizer is astonishing — a full list of the components is available here — and the complexity of the patches to produce sound even more so.

Currently the synth is running a patch inspired by SuperRoots 9 by Japanese band The Boredoms — highly rhythmic and percussive, with an ever-changing texture of oscillators, and a typical two-chord pad underneath. Speaking to Make, Paradiso explained that, "The beauty of the patching interface is that you can never exactly nail what you start out to attain, but on the other hand, you get drawn into places you wouldn’t have normally gone once you start." If you want to give it a listen, MIT is streaming the output of the synth 24/7, though for the Boredoms-inspired patch you've got until the end of the week before Paradiso strips it out and starts anew.