Inside Korg Berlin with Tatsuya ‘Tats’ Takahashi

This video, via Reverb, offers a behind-the-scenes tour of Korg Berlin with CEO Tatsuya ‘Tats’ Takahashi.

Takahashi is probably best known for his work as Chief Engineer of Analog Synthesizers at Korg, Takahashi helped create the Monotrons, Volcas, Korg’s ARP and MS-20 reissues, the Minilogue and more.

For the last four years, though, Takahashi has been leading Korg Berlin, which they have described as a sort of ‘engineering playground’ for electronic instrument design.

Korg Berlin has previewed a new acoustic synthesizer, the Phase8, that they say they expect to debut next year.


Rob Schwimmer & “The Best Playing Of An Electronic Instrument Maybe Ever”

This video, via synthesist Anthony Marinelli, captures a live performance by Rob Schwimmer at Superbooth 2024 of Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.Schwimmer is a virtuoso keyboardist and thereminist, and as he demonstrates here, he’s one of the leading performers on the Haken Continuum, considered by many to be the most expressive electronic instrument ever made. The Continuum gives you precise continuous control over pitch, volume and timbre, with independent polyphonic control.Schwimmer has arranged the fifth movement of the Quartet for Continuum, showcasing both the capabilities of the instrument and the beauty of Messiaen’s composition.

What Marinelli has to say about the video:

“I walked into the Haken Audio bungalow at Superbooth ’24 and heard maybe the best playing on an electronic instrument I have ever heard. Rob Schwimmer’s performance of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” (arr. for Six Ondes Martenot) performed on a Haken Continuum truly amazed and inspired me.

I’m so happy to show all of you how far expressive synthesis has come along. This level of expression, until recently, was never possible with electronic instruments.

I can’t wait to see how today’s revolution to create expressive musical instruments will effect music in the future!”


Korg Acoustic Synthesis Phase 8 Electro-Acoustic Synthesizer at Superbooth 2024

Here’s an overview and demo from Superbooth 2024 of the new Korg Acoustic Synthesis Phase 8.

Sonic State caught up with Korg Berlin’s Lukas Hartmann, who was demonstrating the unique electronically controlled acoustic instrument.

The Korg Acoustic Synthesis_phase8 is an electronically controlled acoustic instrument, that is part melodic synthesizer, part drum machine. At the heart of the instrument are several individual resonators that you can control electronically or by physically touching them.

The Acoustic Synthesis_phase8 is being positioned as a product prototype. Korg plans to officially introduced the instrument next year.