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Monday, June 01, 2020

The HAL-ICM Frigit - a "Russian Fairlight"

via Retro Synth Ads, where you'll find the full write-up.

"The HAL-ICM Frigit synthesizer from page 16 in the July 1984 issue of Keyboard Magazine.

The instrument itself, called the HAL-ICM Frigit, was designed by a Japanese-Soviet team, with the head of the music division of the Ukraine Society Academy of Scientists describing it as the 'most advanced computer musical instrument in the world'. It was similar in appearance to the Fairlight but it's 'costs, signal-to-noise ratio, digital recording facility, and synthesizing techniques for both sound and light were far superior to any current system'."


  1. Article is dated July 1984, but did this event happen on April 1? Just wondering. Also sounds like a Strugatsky short story.


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