Roll up for the amazing steam-powered synth

What next - a wind-powered sampler?
What next - a wind-powered sampler?

Sometimes, things are built not because there's any need for them, but simply because people want to build them. We'd say that the Parker Steam Synthesizer falls firmly into this category.

This, as its name so clearly suggests, is a synth that's powered by steam. There's no electricity involved - the instrument can be run on coal, hexamine, ethanol or propane.

If you want to find out more about how the thing works, check out the explanation on the inventor's website. Better still, you can see the thing in action by watching this video.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.