Sputnik Modular and Roman Filippov specifically, is working on a clone of the vintage synthesizer, Yamaha CS-80.
The original CS-80 was produced in 1977 and is one of the most sought after synths with sales usually reaching $15 – 20K. The synth was made popular by Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtrack and is predominately heard during the opening scenes and subsequently throughout the rest of the film.
Spoiler Alert: For the fans of Blade Runner, the clone is named Deckard’s Dream, referencing the unicorn dream sequence Harrison Ford’s character, Rick Deckard goes through which can be interpreted as he is actually a replicant of himself.
Via Wikipedia: “Deckard’s unicorn dream sequence, inserted into the Director’s Cut, coinciding with Gaff’s parting gift of an origami unicorn is seen by many as showing that Deckard is a replicant – as Gaff could have accessed Deckard’s implanted memories. The interpretation that Deckard is a replicant is challenged by others who believe the unicorn imagery shows that the characters, whether human or replicant, share the same dreams and recognize their affinity, or that the absence of a decisive answer is crucial to the film’s main theme. The inherent ambiguity and uncertainty of the film, as well as its textual richness, have permitted viewers to see it from their own perspective.”
Deckard’s Dream is an eight-voice analogue build that will be available as a DIY as well as pre-built. Unlike the original CS-80, Deckard’s Dream is a rackmount design.
There are no current prices or release date but synth enthusiasts hold tight.
View the gallery above for images of Deckard’s Dream.