If you are watching music gear videos on YouTube you have undoubtedly come across one of these strange looking wooden words with knobs and all sorts of different coloured cables coming out of them. They look and sound so different from all other gear, that I have always been intrigued by Ciat-Lonbarde synths. Recently I cam across a few video that take a deeper look at the devices and the man who makes them.
Ciat-Lonbarde is a brand of experimental electronic musical instruments created by New York-based musician and artist, Richard Lainhart. These synths are known for their unique, unconventional design and circuit bending techniques, which result in a wide range of unusual and unpredictable sounds. They are popular among experimental musicians and sound artists, and are often used in avant-garde and experimental music performances. The instruments are hand-built and sold in limited quantities, making them highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts.
The synths are not like traditional synthesizers, they don’t have a keyboard or a sequencer, instead they are often small modular units that can be connected together to create complex soundscapes. Most of them are meant to be played by patching different components together, such as oscillators, filters, and other modules, to create unique sounds and textures. They are also meant to be played live and in real-time, giving the performer a lot of control over the sound.
Ciat-Lonbarde synths are often considered to be part of the ‘circuit bending’ scene, which involves the modification of electronic devices to create new and unpredictable sounds. This approach to sound creation often results in a raw and unpolished sound, which is part of the charm of these instruments.
Ciat-Lonbarde synths are not mass-produced, instead they are hand-built by Richard Lainhart and sold in limited quantities, making them highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts. Prices for these synths can be quite high and they can be difficult to find. If you’re interested in purchasing one, it’s best to keep an eye on Lainhart’s website and social media for updates on when new instruments will be available.