Play the Paradiso Synthesizer at MIT

Currently on exhibit at the MIT Museum, the Paradiso Synthesizer is the world's largest modular synthesizer built at home by Joseph Paradiso over 14 years (1974-1988). You can play it online through the web interface PATCHWERK, which was developed to enable remote users to control the massive synthesizer.



When you turn a knob or flip a switch on the PATCHWERK site, the corresponding knob or flip is mechanically turned or switched on the Paradiso synthesizer and, when someone at the museum changes a setting, you see it, too. You may have to wait in a short queue before you get to control it but it's thrilling to interact from afar with something so complex. It's worth the wait.  BP

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