The EKO Computerhythm, A Rare Programmable Space Age Drum Machine

In his latest video, synthesist Hainbach (Stefan Goetsch) shares a look at another piece of rare Italian electronic music gear from the The Museo Del Synth Marchigiano, the rare EKO Computerhythm.

The EKO Computerhythm features what is essentially a what-you-see-is-what-you-get interface, with 6 rows of 16 pushbuttons, with each row representing a different sound, and each column representing a step of a 16-note pattern.

Here’s what Hainbach has to say about it:

“The Eko Computerhythm from 1972 was so ahead of its time that it found almost more fame as a prop in Italian Sci-Fi movies than as an instrument. In a time when a drum machine was all corny preset rhythms, the Eko featured 16 step programming, time division, mixing, individual outs and a punch card memory. Only 15 are known to exist today and it is frequently rated as one of the rarest and most expensive drum machine.

In this video you will find information on its history, its makers and hear it in all its glory.”

Check out the video and share your thoughts on the EKO Computerhythm in the comments!