Founded in 2008, Make Noise began as a reimagining of what electronic musical instrument technology could be capable of. In accordance with their line of work, the company’s very DNA is a testament to the concept of synthesis in the sense that much of their output represents a union between two seemingly divergent concepts. To date, Make Noise has produced some of the most renowned and recognizable modules on the Eurorack circuit—designs that have effectively reshaped the boundaries of sonic potentiality.
While they are known for their commitment to analog synthesis, they have also produced some of the most powerful and widely-used DSP-based modules on the market. This dichotomy is realized most profoundly with their Shared System, which combines analog and digital design philosophies into a formidable instrument that has left its mark on some of the best electronic music of the last decade.
Those familiar with Curtis Road’s impressive work Microsound will immediately recognize its influences on Make Noise’s design philosophy and sonic output. Their designs are concerned with mobilizing the space that resides in-between notes for musical purposes. This ethos is arguably epitomized in one of their most recent modules, the Morphagene. Sonically, their modules are heavily influenced by Don Buchla, specifically the distinct array of sounds afforded by his 200 series modules, like the 259, 281, and 292. However, some of their recent designs, such as the Telharmonic, take their inspiration from the earliest days of synthesis. Despite borrowing much of their sonic inspiration from more experimental modalities, their design philosophy is unarguably influenced by the straightforward designs of Bob Moog in that they promote sophisticated hands-on control via flexible modulation options and voltage control over the most essential parameters.