This looks fun: open source modular synth software that takes you back to how it was in the 70s.

The synth setups for guys like Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman still conjure a sense of awe in me. How did they manage these stacks of refrigerator-sized modules of electronic? How did they work? How did you program them? And damn, they looked cool.

Since my keyboards skills never evolved beyond playing a 120-bass accordion (seriously) and because I had the budget for these whoppers, I never got to explore what it might be like to play such a monstrosity. Until now.

Open Culture points us to some open source and completely free modular synth-style-based software that will help you uncover your inner Keith Emerson.

And if you are a keyboardist, prepare to loose yourself in the sounds of 70s- and 80s-era machinery of the kind built by Bob Moog and Don Buchla.

There’s much, much more here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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