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Saturday Synth Porn: This collection of photos captures T.O.N.T.O., The Original New Timbral Orchestra, designed and built by Malcom Cecil.

TONTO is sort of the mother of all monster synths, incorporating such synths as:

  • 2 Moog Series III Modular Synthesizers
  • 2 Arp 2600s
  • Serge Modules
  • 4 Oberheim SEMs

TONTO began life as a Series III Moog modular synthesizer. A second Moog III was added in 1971 and TONTO continued to expand with various custom built as well as standard modules (somewhat modified) from many synthesizer manufacturers, including Serge with Moog-like panels, Oberheim, Arp 2500/2600, EMS, Roland, Yamaha, etc.

Tonto’s Expanding Head Band, made up of Cecil and Robert Margouleff, released the album Zero Time in 1971. The album was ahead of its time in many ways, and led to Cecil, Margouleff and TONTO working on some of the most important soul albums of the 70s.  Read more…

 

Synth Porn Saturday:  This is a brief tour of TONTO – The Original New Timbral Orchestra.

In addition to being one of the greatest monster synths of all time, TONTO has an important place in the history of electronic music, appearing on seminal electronic music albums by Malcolm Cecil andRobert Margouleff‘s Tonto’s Expanding Head Band; appearing in films, like Phantom of the Paradise; helping Stevie Wonder create some of his most important albums in the 70’s; and making appearances on many other recordings.

TONTO was designed and built by Cecil, and features:

  • 2 Moog Series III Modular Synthesizers
  • 2 Arp 2600s
  • Serge Modules
  • 4 Oberheim SEMs

And that’s just the start of it.

Watch and weep.

Note: Cecil will be performing with the portable version of TONTO in June at the World Monuments Fund Gallery co-presented by The Analog Lab in New York City .