Now that manufactured instruments that are mass produced have long outnumbered hand made instruments, the latter have been classified as folk instruments. The purpose of this is to elevate the status of mass produced objects above that of the folk object, which is generally considered to be of inferior quality. Of course folk instruments, being unstandardized, have a freedom of range in form, character, choice of materials and quality of workmanship that mass produced objects can only dream about.

These prototype synthesizers are made in the tradition of historical folk instruments, created solely for the use of its maker and need not be housed in a refined console suitable for the school, church or parlor. Folk synthesizers are as at home in the hovel or moldy basement as they are in a museum of valued folk artifacts that used to belong in barns or sheds.

For decades electronic music has been associated with conservatories, universities, radio stations and other well-funded institutions. And yet what better place to create electronic music than in an unheated outbuilding with a reel to reel tape recorder and some hand-crafted folk synthesizers with no one around to tell you what to do.
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folk synthesizers
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