MATRIXSYNTH: Knobcon: Polyfusion Modular Synthesizer Returning After 40 Years


Monday, September 10, 2018

Knobcon: Polyfusion Modular Synthesizer Returning After 40 Years


Published on Sep 10, 2018 Synthtopia

Some fascinating history with early Moog Music covered in this one.

"Here's an interview with one of the creators of the classic Polyfusion 2000 modular system, Ron Folkman.

Folkman is working with partners Jim Soloman and Jammie Logan to reissue the original system, and to create a new line of updated modules. They were showing the 1979 Polyfusion 'monster' of Toto's Steve Porcaro, 'Darius'.

Synth master Matt Baxley, aka Moot Booxle
(https://www.youtube.com/user/mootbooxle), also stopped by to check out the vintage Polyfusion monster synth."

See the Polyfusion and Knobcon labels directly below for more.

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  3. 🎯🎯🎯 A MEMORY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY

    I owned the 2nd Polyfusion Series 2000 off the assembly line in 1976... with the STEEL case.

    My friend Dave Yost and I took my Polyfusion to NTC to the Village, to Wendy Carlos' studio for her to check out a couple days. What a trip that was from Warren Ohio to NYC in a hatch back compact car! We were very young!

    Sadly... I lost my Polyfusion system in 2008 because of the mortgage derivative debacle. I was trying to refi my home in Florida. But the banks had suspended the refi programs for ALL self employed, and my ARM loan ballooned and I lost my home in the long run.

    I only had ONE thing that I loved... and it was my Polyfusion synth. But it was also the one thing I could get enough money to try and save my home and studio... and still continue my production services. So I sold the Polyfusion for $5000. I added $1000 and sent that $6000 to the bank, and they promised it would be enough to reset my mortgage to good standing. They LIED. They took my prize possession and started foreclosure the next week. I have been heart sick ever since. The banking BS of that year prevented me from getting into a 30 year fixed that I waited 7 years to get into, to finally bring my mortgage down into a reasonable payment..

    At the end of a long fight with the banks, I lost the home and my studio build out and lost the most prized instrument of my life, my Polyfusion Series 2000 Modular Synth. The entire situation ruined my life's momentum as a composer. I will never forget the day I helped a shipper pick up the synth and send it to the New York buyer.
    The most sober sad day of my entire damn life. Here is a link to the sale of my treasured instrument that I used as a signature SOUND for my compositions for years. https://www.matrixsynth.com/2008/06/polyfusion-for-sale.html

    I had just shared an original composition with Wendy Carlos, titled: "HELLO MR. EDISON ARE YOU STILL THERE?"
    The entire piece was created and performed on the Polyfusion synth only. It's a very impressive piece of electronic music... and unpublished. Carlos compared it to the genre of her own TIMESTEPS from Kubrick's Clockwork Orange film score.

    I am glad to see Polyfusion coming back into the market. I still own the Sequencer and Sound-A-Round panner.

    I am currently seeking a location for a the new studio. Bullshit Covit19 set that back a year.
    I have an arsenal of synths, modules and a full service studio. I specialize in creating original music for productions from live theater, video, films, TV and radio commercials. I have been successful in my life with an original music catalog of over 95 hours of music recorded, in just about any genre. I have worked on 31 feature films in my career and we are now producing our own videos.

    I have MANY works created on the Polyfusion. A couple are on YouTube.
    Here is a composition that was IMPROVISED on the Polyfusion Series 2000 Synthesizer... 3D ABSTRACTION put to the surrealistic art works of Kenneth Johnston.
    https://youtu.be/w8nUBm3H1ow

    GOOD LUCK to former Moog engineers. Ron Folkman and Alan Pearce. We have a lot of memories from the 1970's. Alan Pearce is also a composer and wrote a symphonic work titled AYE ABRAHAM for orcehstra & chorus that featured solos on his Profusion 2000 synthesizer. I was honored to be the musician who played the premier of that beautiful work. It was so historic to be on the forefront of such artistic innovation in tech and art... with traditional and modern new instruments.

    But I will never live down losing my Polyfusion synthesizer. It was my life's highest reward and a tribute to my creative musical spirit.

    -Gary Boggess

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