My name is Jan Willem Hagenbeek and I am the driving force behind Ginkosynthese.
As an electronic musician I have firsthand experience with the gap between the feel of playing live on stage and the more controlled environment when working in the studio for productions. Therefore all of my products are designed with a focus on the immediacy of live performance, but of course they can be easily integrated into a studio environment.
Although I am a graduated architect I now only design and build musical instruments and cases. My first music creation steps were made in 1992 when using my parents computer. I started to experiment with sounds and trackers trying to make music which was not easy to put in a certain style. From there I started to experiment with circuit bending and modding which resulted in a range of live acts from 2004 in collaboration with several other musicians and visual artists. My first live solo project (2004) on stage was an atari-controlled orchestra of electronic child toys. Since then more audio-visual projects have been presented on stage.
A significant milestone was establishing an electronic musical instruments company Ginkosynthese in 2012. The modules I make as Ginkosynthese have shaped my sound further and I am always searching for new ideas to make non standard musical electronic instruments.