Love Hultén’s Mean Green Music Machine: ATOM-IC


Swedish audio-visual synthesizer maestro Love Hultén is back at it again, this time designing and assembling a “beast” of a synth titled the ATOM-IC. The custom instrument combines a Syntrx2, LXR-02, and Fusion Delay from Erica Synths with a Moog Theremini, Arturia Keystep, T-Rex Replicator, and Befaco Spring reverb into an integrated mean green machine embellished with all the tactile and visual bells and whistles the Gothenburg designer and woodworker has become renown for.

Green and brown wood cabinet synthesizer with small keyboard and layout of numerous colorful dials, switches, and buttons all topped with two metal telescoping antennas. The designer is in a white lab coat and reaching to press a button or turn a dial.

The 1-of-1 made-to-order creation designed for an unnamed client exhibits Love Hultén’s woodworking cabinetry skills in full (if you’re curious, Hultén’s commissioned client roster includes musicians A$AP Rocky, Eminem, and Danger Mouse to name a few).

Detail close up of green and brown wood cabinet synthesizer with small keyboard and layout of numerous colorful dials, switches, and buttons. Oscillator screen shows a wavy pattern.

Detail of left hand corner of the ATOM-IC green and brown wood cabinet synthesizer with small keyboard and layout of numerous colorful dials, switches, sliders and buttons controls.

A subtle bit of the wood’s grain is visible seeping through the Hulk green stain washed across the angled keyboard + synth contraption, similar to the designer’s past cityscape-skyline-as-synth, the Doodlestation.

Close up of LED matrix display inset into wood cabinet synthesizer showing relationship between signal, control inputs and sources.

The synth design is further enhanced by the designer’s keen eye for interpreting the graphical user interface into a tactile experience tempting experimentation.

Alongside the ATOM-IC’s extensive layout of dial, switch and button controls, the inclusion of an oscilloscope and LED matrix both add a visual element, representing the aural output into “dancing” green oscillations of lines with a light show of blinking colorful LEDs into the designer’s signature retro-futuristic sci-fi vibe.

Man in white lab coat reaching to turn one of the dials of the ATOM-IC green and brown wood cabinet synthesizer with a small LED matrix display showing 14 dots of light to represent sources and inputs.

ATOM-IC green and brown wood cabinet synthesizer with small keyboard and layout of numerous colorful dials, switches, sliders and buttons controls. Oscillator display shows a green checkerboard pattern.

Detail of antenna topped ATOM-IC green and brown wood cabinet synthesizer with a section of the numerous red, green and blue dials, switches, sliders and buttons controls visible underneath.

Watch the ATOM-IC in action below:



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