Polytik is a colourful new set of open-source synth modules.

A Kickstarter campaign has launched for Polytik, a new set of hand-held synth modules that its creators have designed to let people create sound more intuitively.

Polytik consists of four battery-powered modules that connect with ribbon cables, which carry audio and control data throughout the system. Sounds are created by touching different parts of the circuit boards.

The brain of the system is the “Core” module, which incorporates a sequencer, programmer and mixer. This needs to be connected to at least one sound module to work,  and you can connect up to three at one time.

Polytik has been designed by John Richards of DIY synth outfit Dirty Electronics and visual artist Jack Featherstone, who has created work for Warp Records and visuals for Simian Mobile Disco.

The modules have been specifically designed without markings, to encourage users to create sound by intuition. Polytik is open source, allowing users to create their own modules, hack them and create presets.

Backers can get two versions of Polytik on Kickstarter: the standard pack of four modules and a “golden chip” version, which features exclusive pre-programmed sequences and interviews from Simian Mobile Disco’s Jas Shaw, Mark Fell, Emptyset’s James Ginzburg, and Factory Floor’s Nik Colk Void and Gabe Gurnsey. The standard edition costs £275, while the golden chip pack is £325.

Polytik needs to reach £20,000 in backing by March 2 to go into production. If successful, backers can expect to receive their synths in August 2017. Listen to short clips created by Polytik below.

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