£45.00 GBP was

LP + 48p Book

David & Stephen Dewaele (aka Soulwax/2manydjs) have always been fascinated by collecting instruments and recording gear. Their passion hasn’t been born by completism: simply every new item inspires a world of new possibilities. The one item that always eluded them was the EMS Synthi 100 - a huge and rare analogue/digital hybrid synthesizer that can create a near infinite array of sounds. 

The album sounds simultaneously futuristic and retro as it highlights the versatility, uniqueness and warmth of the Synthi 100. Remarkably, a synthesizer that was first launched in 1971 continues to excel in 2020, aided only by patient restoration and fresh creative input. Each side of the vinyl features a long piece of music, each of which is divided into three movements. While they can be heard separately, David & Stephen Dewaele, urge people to listen to the entire experience from start to finish. 

‘DEEWEE Sessions Vol.01’ is a highly collectible package which features the album on heavyweight 180g vinyl along with a fully-illustrated 48-page book which explores the background behind the album and the history of the Synthi 100. The book compiles a foreword from David and Stephen Dewaele; an introduction from 3030, the specific Synthi 100 unit that was used for the album; a history of its creation and an exploration of its sounds; and finally an interview with Ivan Schepers, the IPEM technician who has been 3030’s long-term custodian. 

Fittingly, this tribute to such an elegant machine is presented in a beautiful style, art directed by Ill-Studio. The vinyl is held in a perforated ‘patch bay’ cover with a fully art-worked inner sleeve, while both the disc and book are housed in a clear PVC bag. 

This album was made with the kind assistance of and in collaboration with IPEM, Gent 

Written, recorded, produced and mixed at DEEWEE by David & Stephen Dewaele.

Photography by Younes Klouche
Art direction by III-Studio

Track list:

  • Movement 1
  • Movement 2
  • Movement 3
  • Movement 4
  • Movement 5
  • Movement 6