Vlad Kreimer is a visionary chap, his early experiments in electronics sent him in some unusual directions, created in isolation in his native Ukraine (where he also invented his take on the sampler). These ultimately leading him to the excellent Lyra 4 and more recently the Lyra 8 which we reviewed and thoroughly enjoyed - its the physical manifestation of Vlad's desire to create instruments which break out of the standardized interfaces of modern instruments and encourage the user to explore creativity in a different way. These were built to provide Vlad with the instruments he wanted to use - his performances are the very definition of alternative.
Its a unique approach, and one that he has employed in his recent instrument The Pipe (available soon). He also tells us that he's working on an Organismic Drum Machine as the next project - we look forward to seeing that.
Older Music Machines & the People Who Still Use Them
Montage M's 1998 forebear had sampling, FM & VA!
Honey I shrunk the 'king Korg
Standalone twin osc, twin filter machine