Here’s a strange story. This eBay Auction is for one of the only prototypes of the KeyToSound synth – a Danish-designed hardware synth with a large touch screen and some kind of internet connectivity to trade patches and MIDI files. It’s being sold by the musician Gaeoudjiparl/Goodiepal. Looks like a very cool box, from around 1999, when it was expected to cost around £6,000. Key To Sound still exist, and develop the iNet Synth which seems to be a strangely-marketed software synth. They used to be Koblo, an early soft synth developer. On the auction page: Item #7353185962 are links to a series of entertaining and bizarre MP3 files of Goodiepal himself telling stories about the synth and it's history, including a mysterious American investor, and Max (who seems to run Key To Sound), who gets a special message all to himself. By 2003, the thing had become the NetSynth, a similar looking thing mounted in a rack with a separate control interface - claiming to have 128 oscillators, 64 filters and 80 envelopes.
If you’re wondering who Goodiepal is, here is a description of a recent gig in London: “Mr Scandinavia (I believe he is from the Faroe Islands) did a hell of a lot of whistling whilst moving toy planets around a graph paper. He then produced his mechanical bird which continued his whistling through the PA to sound like sitting outside on a summer's day. He then went back to his music box and whistling, now moving small bells around the graph paper along with the toy planets. To be blunt, it was terrible.”