A few weeks ago we came across this video of an exquisitely built circuit bent Casio MT-40 synth (via J Saul Kane of DC Recordings) which comes with a total of 26 modifications.
Now, the MT-40 (and it’s grey MT-41 successor) is a classic in its own right, mainly for single-handedly inventing the massively popular Sleng Teng riddim that kickstarted the Digital Reggae revolution in the mid ’80s. The MT-40 included a pattern based on Eddie Cochran’s song Somethin’ Else, the slowed down bassline of which formed the foundation of Sleng Teng.
Anyway, after seeing this video we decided we had to try and track one of these modified beauties down (for the completely uninitiated the wooden sides and back panel are all additions). Turns out they’re made by Space-Cat Audio Technologies (aka the lovely Arron and Abi), “purveyors of the finest circuit bent, modified, re-designed electronic musical instruments”. We got in touch and they very kindly said they could build us one by Christmas. And as an unexpected delight they have been emailing us daily with photos of the build progress which we have shared below. This will be updated as new images come through.
Update: Video of final build now added to the bottom of this post.