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A long-lost ‘70s synthesiser is the subject of a new documentary: Watch

The Resynator synth has been lying in an attic for 30 years...

lost 70s synth documentary
lost 70s synth documentary

An extremely rare synth dating back to the '70s is set to be the subject of a new documentary.

The Resynator has apparently been sitting in a dusty attic for the last 30 years, but a new documentary will bring attention back to the machine, its legacy and the work of its creator, Don Tavel. It's been in the attic of Don's wife since his passing in a car crash in 1988, 10 weeks after his daughter Alison was born. Alison recovered the machine and took it to Los Angeles to work on restoring it alongside the man that originally engineered it with Don in the '70s. 

"This project didn’t start out as a documentary," says Alison Tavel. "I was not a documentarian. It started out as a resurrection project. I was simply filming to document the process of rebuilding the Resynator. What I found, though, was that it was about so much more than just the Resynator. I found out that it was connecting me with my father, after 25 years of resistance."

The documentary is currently being crowdfunded via Kickstarter. You can support that here and check a teaser clip for the documentary below.

Read about the best and worst synths of 2018 here, and find out how technology developments of the last decade have changed electronic music here.

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