MUSEO DEL SYNTH
The Italian Synth Museum
THE FIRST EXHIBITIONS 2008-2009
Calling it "Museo" was a provocative act. When it was started in 2008 it was just a dozen of instruments put on a few tables to show that our region had something to say on electronic instruments making... not only in accordion manufacturing (which is what the region is very well known for).
These instruments were part of a collection from Paolo Bragaglia and Danilo Vecchi.
Photo: Paolo Bragaglia (left) and Christian Fennesz (right) with a vintage electric harmonium.
TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS 2018-2019
After a few years we realized that there were HUNDREDS of synthesizers made in Italy from the 1960 to the 1980s. And effects, pedals, amplifiers, mixers. Therefore we started making a real effort into acquiring, documenting and disseminating.
In 2018 our association was officially founded and we started with a new format: a temporary exhibition of 3 weeks in Macerata, and this is where we started the real thing.
The first two editions of the temporary exhibition were amazing:thousands of visitors in 2-3 weeks, local companies exhibiting and showcasing their products, tens of synthesizers and drum machines, conferences, talks and a cafeteria.
SOUNDMIT 2021 + MUSEO
In 2021 we joined forces with SoundMit, a popular synth fair in Turin. We proposed +15h of live streaming over 2 days, with live music, companies, tech talks and historical talks.
In this occasion we shown to the world our most important acquisition: Paolo Ketoff's Synket, one of the earliest synthesizers in history! Our museum now has its Mona Lisa!!
... or "When is the museum open for a visit?"
Nowadays the MUSEO is known world-wide, thanks to a few friends artists like Hainbach who made it famous abroad.
However, it still has no permanent headquarters. Therefore we cannot offer a tourist-proof experience. Our instruments are preserved at our homes, which we can only open to special guests, like we did with people like:
We are now working towards a stable headquarter for our collections to be visited.