MATRIXSYNTH: Strange Synthesizers of Japan by Hiromichi Oohashi - Synth Book w/ CD


Sunday, July 17, 2022

Strange Synthesizers of Japan by Hiromichi Oohashi - Synth Book w/ CD



Hiromichi Oohashi wrote in to let us know about his new synth book featuring rare and somewhat strange synthesizers from Japan. The book features synths from his collection along with a CD of audio/music. You can find the book via the publisher Rittor Music (Japan) (published Nov.2021), and on Amazon JP here.

You can find a list of the synths featured by chapter further below.

Details on the book from Hiromichi Oohashi follow.

"This art book introduces many of Japanese most rare and strange electronic musical instruments (1960s~1980s) from author's private collection for long years.

Contains over 130 synthesizers, rhythm machines, organs, toy instruments, speech synths, etc most of these rare instruments will be the first public release. All color pages, lot of beautiful photo of these unique instruments with simple and detailed text, all photos and book design by author himself.

Contribution from Mark Mothersbaugh (DEVO)

Foreword by Eric Schneider (author of TOY INSTRUMENTS/MBP)

Attached CD has original music using these strange instruments so you can hear what these synth sounds like.

CD's music made by author's band KINO-MODERNO (world-renowned electronic music duo)



Hiromichi Oohashi is an artist born in Tokyo 1961
after studied art & design at Kuwazawa Design School in Tokyo
works as an artist and producer for Art, Design and Music
also known as collector of rare electronic musical instruments
in 1990 released groundbreaking [ VIDEO DRUG2/Phuture ] and get noticed
member of electronic music duo KINO-MODERNO since 1984
president of DAT PLANET PRODUKT"

Chapter-1 Synthesizer
KAWAI Basstone BT-1
MIZUNO SuperSizerμ
PAX ELECTRONICA Sygnus-8
ACE TONE Canary S-2
ACE TONE Canary S-3
KAWLABO Traspi
NIHON HAMMOND Hammond 102200
SUZUKI Bass Master EB-250 / EB-255
SUZUKI Marching Ecoh ME-800
ZEN-ON EK-200B Marching Bass Keyboard
ZEN-ON EK-320 Marching Keyboard
SEIKO DS-250 + DS-310 + DS-320
KAWAI School Emsemble SE-100
BIAS VIC
SUZUKI ES-2000

Chapter-2 Rhythm Machine
FIRSTMAN Rhythm Machine
NINTENDO Ele-Conga
NINTENDO Autoplayer ECG-MX
KAWAI School Rhythmer
MAXIM MDS-500
HAKKOH SR-306
ROTEL The Play Mixer RZ-8
OPTONICA Sound Mixer MX-1000
TRACK TD-1
BIAS EXD-III
MAXON DS200
NATIONAL Rhythm Machine RF-1300

Chapter-3 Accordionesque
KAWLABO Spiron EM-5100 / 270
TOMBO Dalc
TOMBO Accordix
TOMBO / DUY Digital Accordix
TOYO GAKKI Chestron TG-77 ProMuzer /Basic
TOYO GAKKI Chestron TG-78 Basic

Chapter-4 Koto Synthesizer
川島産業 昭和琴(Showa Koto)
KAWLABO Shamitron
COMNICS 明日琴(Ascot)
MICROSONIC 曙(Akebono)
水光社 水光-100(Suiko-100 / ST-100)
水光社 水光トレーナー ST-50(Suiko Trainer ST-50)
水光社 詩吟スイコー ST20(Shigin Suiko ST20)
水光社 詩吟トレーナー ST-10(Shigin Trainar ST-10)
SUZUKI 和楽(Waraku)
SUZUKI 和楽III(Waraku III)
SUZUKI 野ばら TES-370(Nobara TES-370)
SUZUKI New Harp(TES-370)
SUZUKI あゆ(Ayu)
SUZUKI 拍調(Hakucho)
DISK SPACE 邦楽 Conductor 水晶(Hougaku Conductor Suisho)
DISK SPACE コンダクター琴(Conductor Koto)
COMNICS CKA-5
DISK SPACE 水晶(Suisho)

Chapter-5 Wind Synthesizer
TOKAI IC Pianix
BIAS MXB
SUZUKI SRW-100
HOSIDEN Elemonica 101

Chapter-6 Electronic Organ
HITACHI HMO-5
KATAYAMA KIGYO Chitatone T-6
NATIONAL Auto-Play Organ SY-300
NATIONAL Auto-Play Organ SY-500
BANDAI Memorian
INOUE Rhythmtone
A-ONE A-One Electron GX.2
A-ONE Sound Guitar Organ
KAWAI KMA37
NIPPON COLUMBIA / DUBREQ Stylophone(Treble / 350s)

Chapter-7 Speech Synthesizer
SHARP IQ-5000
SHARP Compet CS-6500 
SHARP ELSI Mate EL-640 / PANASONIC CompuVoice
GAKKEN おしゃべりKeybō(Oshaberi Keybō)
TAKARA おしゃべりコンピューターゲーム(Oshaberi Computer Game)
HITACHI そろばん塾 HST-10
NEC PC-6601
SANYO/言語工学研究所 VSS-300 Voice Synthesizer | 日経マグロウヒル Speech Synthesizer Record

Chapter-8 DIY / MOD
ROLAND / DIY by Gregor Zoll TR-686 Transistor Rhythm
TOKAI / Unknown IC Pianix Organ
WAVE KIT One Board Micro Synthesizer
DIY / Unknown "Rockin'f Vocoder"
YAMAHA / Unknown CS-15 + CS-10
YAMAHA / Unknown Super CS01
DIY by LUNAKRAFT(New York) Guitron
DIY / Unknown 民芸風ギター(Folk Art Steel Guitar)
DIY / Unknown Dummy Head Mic
DIY / Unknown Voice Changer
科学教材社 IC Organ SC-301
YAMAZAKI Elepian
BANDAI(科学技研) Elecroad

Chapter-9 Controller
DIY by Gregor Zoll DIY 16-Step Sequencer
VICTOR KB-600 + KG-1
TSUMURA JD-21
NIHON CONDUCTOR Melody Conductor
NATIONAL Micon Melody KX-210
TAMA Techstar TSQ1000
INTELLIGENT MUSIC LABORATORY Space-Sizer 360 VSP
ASAHI ONKYO Automatic Voice Changer
BIAS MIDI之助(MIDI No Suke)

Chapter-10 Toy Instruments
トミー ボイスコーダー(Voice Corder)
ANIKA メロディーバースディー(Melody Birthday)/ Cake Organ
MELODIAN メロディアン M-3(Melodian M-3)
SANKYO リズミカ(Rhythmica)
VARIOUS Melody Telephone
SEKISUI おしゃべりたまご(Egg Sampler)
DAIYA Daiya Trumpet
I.C. モリタニ 歌子ちゃん(Utako Chan)
GAKKEN リズム・トレイン(Rhythm Train)

Chapter-11 Light Instruments
CLARION Color Sound Graph
坂本乙造商店 (URUSHI SAKAMOTO) By Night
DIY / Unknown Flashing Light Guitar
SASAKI ACOUSTICS Sound Object
ANSWER ACOUSTICS LAB LED Illumination Cable

Chapter-12 Hybrid Instrumnets
CASIO TSA-90 / TSA-80
TOPMAN Piano Phone
NATIONAL どれみ(DoReMi)
HITACHI ラララ MQ-50(LaLaLa MQ-50)
NATIONAL どれみ カセット(DoReMi Casette)
SONY Chordmachine CFS-C7
NATIONAL Micon KX-33B
CASIO FX-502P + FA-1
SHARP ポケットドレミカル ELSI Mate EL-670(Pcket Do Re Mi Cal ELSI Mate EL-670)
VICTOR VS-1

Chapter-13 Tuner Instruments
ACE TONE Tuning Gun
HILLWOOD Band Tuner
PRIMA Harmony Trainer
FUJI アイ・トーン(Eye Tone)
SEIKO SET-360

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