Electronic Music Studios (London) Ltd (EMS)

In the early 1970’s, Electronic Music Studios (London) Ltd. stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the ‘big’ American players of Moog and ARP in developing and bringing to market affordable Electronic Music Synthesizers.

EMS was formed in 1969 by Peter Zinovieff, Tristram Cary and David Cockerell to commercialise the pioneering ideas and developments arising from Zinovieff's and Cockerell's interest in musical applications of computers. In many ways, EMS was head of its time when considering how radical these ideas were in 1969. Their first commission was for Don Banks - An Australian Composer - The VCS1 (Voltage Controlled Synthesiser attempt #1)

EMS Putney Studio

EMS Putney Studio

Over the next ten years many seminal products were released and many talented designers worked for the company. EMS had its own peculiar brand of British eccentricity – There was no shortage of originality. The EMS influence has been significant and its pioneering ideas can be traced to many contemporary products. EMS is still in operation today run and owned by Robin Wood.

The prints in this series focus on three of EMS’s early synthesizers - each ground breaking in their own way. Each the successive result of continued refinement and purpose.   

Electronic music synthesiser, model number VCS 1 owned and used by Don Banks.  H9953-13

Electronic music synthesiser, model number VCS 1 owned and used by Don Banks.

Series 1 Prints

Thank you

We would like to thank and acknowledge the support of:

Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS)

Thank you to Robin Fox and Bryon J Scullin at Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS). Based in Melbourne Australia, MESS is a unique not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the creation of electronic sound and music. MESS operate a fully functioning sound production workshop representing one of the most unique, eclectic and historically significant collections of electronic instruments in the world. www.mess.foundation

Electronic Music Studio (EMS)

Robin Wood of EMS for green lighting the project and providing an ‘educated eye’ to the fidelity of the synthesiser reproductions. www.emssynthesisers.co.uk

Further information:

Museum of Applied Arts and Science - Beginning Electronic Music- Tristram Cary