“T E G E L,” sound sculpture based on biodata. All images © Love Hultén, shared with permission

Whether ocean-themed, compact with a slide-out keyboard, or installed vertically on the wall, Love Hultén’s elaborate custom synthesizers (previously) are one-of-a-kind. Combining a love for woodworking and sound art, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based artist and designer merges electronic elements with a wide range of console designs evocative of early computers and mid-century industrial control systems. Incorporating playful elements from video games or aesthetic themes—”C O U S T E A U” features oxygen tank details and a custom MIDI crab—Hultén activates each sculptural instrument into original audio-visual experiences.

Explore many more of Hultén’s musical creations on his website and Instagram.


An ocean-themed synthesizer design with an oxygen tank and grab-shaped MIDI unit.

“C O U S T E A U,” ocean-themed setup including JU06-A, Reface CP, V256, Oceans 11, and a custom mechanical MIDI crab

Detail of “C O U S T E A U”

A unique synthesizer with white panels and wood frame that is installed vertically on a wall.

“W A L L S Y N T H,” Waldorf String Machine, Waldorf Blofeld, C&G Video Scope, Hologram Microcosm, Tape Echo, Waldorf Pulse 2, Strymon BigSky, Korg SQ-64, Korg Minilogue XD, Erica Synths Matrix Mixer, Arturia MiniFreak, and a custom MIDI patchbay

A unique synthesizer with silver piano-style keys and simple wooden console.

“O S M O S E,” custom-made Osmose synth with stereo looper and tape echo

A unique synthesizer with a green and brown console reminiscent of industrial electronic systems, complete with colorful digital screens and antennae.

“A T O M – I C,” Syntrx2, LXR-02 and Fusion Delay from Erica Synths, Moog Theremini, Arturia Keystep, T-Rex Replicator, and Befaco Spring Reverb

Detail of a green and brown synthesizer, showing various knobs and dials.

Detail of “A T O M – I C”

A synthesizer with a small keyboard, cream base, and wooden frame.

“C O S M,” Mother-32, TR-08, Microcosm and a pull-out keybed

Detail of knobs and buttons on a synthesizer.

Detail of “C O S M”

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