Bastl is all about people doing all sorts of cool stuff together. Bastl instruments (est.2013) is a company with a main focus on development and production of electronic musical instruments - from portable sound boxes, studio instruments or utilities to fully featured modular synthesizer systems. We do all sorts of community projects, such as organizing music related events, coffee roasting, record label, educational content, workshops or even a clothing production. We are based in Brno, Czech republic.
We are able to do all the exciting things thanks to the fact we manufacture our instruments ourselves. We try to do it in the most local way possible. Most things are done in house. We have electronics assembly & testing line with an SMT workshop, we run a CNC centered wood workshop, a laser cutting facility and a packaging & shipping facility. Most of the materials are sourced from local companies and distributors.
We also take part in the manufacturing process for other brands such as: Snazzy FX, Bubblesound, XOR Electronics, Koma Electronics, MFB. If you are interested in manufacturing at our facilities, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a small yet very innovative team of inventors who seek new ways of interacting with electronic music and sounds. All ideas come from the needs in our community and are tested by performing the instruments live in front of the audience. Making and performing music is (and always was) the main drive of our development. To make the most fresh instruments, we collaborate with Casper Electronics, Bubble Sound or Whimsical Raps.
In 2011, bandmates and artists Václav Peloušek and Ondřej Merta started a project called Standuino which was meant to give tribute to the D.I.Y.ers (Bastlíři) of the former Czechoslovakia, namely Standa Filip. Thru workshops and various art exhibitions, several instruments were developed, such as the microGranny 1.0 or fraAngelico.
In 2013 we transformed into Bastl Instruments to become a company dedicated to building musical instruments and the Trinity line of instruments was introduced. We started collab with Anymade Studio on the visual identity of Bastl.
In 2014 our first hit instruments microGranny 2.0 was announced and we meet with local musicians who helped us to produce them which started the growth of the company. Thanks to such ecosystem of creative individuals we transformed into sort of community that pursues several music related and unrelated projects.
In 2015 we opened a synth store noise.kitchen and the product line of unique wooden Eurorack modules was revealed and has grown and transformed since then.
In 2016 we joined forces with Casper Electronics and we gave life to the bitRanger, the softPop and opened a synth store in Brooklyn called Detective Squad. This collaboration sparked the ideas of development of the Kastle and the Dude.
The Thyme was finally finished in 2018, after 3 and half years in development, and there are much more exciting things to come!
In the meantime a lot of other exciting stuff happened as well.
See the rest of the Lifestyle section to learn more.
Snapshots In Time
- 2015 Interview Horizontal Pitch
- 2017 Bastl Zine I
- 2017 Cuckoo Documentary
- 2018 Bastl Zine II pdf
- 2018 Interview Patch & Tweak Book
- We started as art project called Standuino (2011-2013)
- We run the synthesizer store noise.kitchen (2015–now)
- We used to run the Brooklyn based store Detective Squad (2016–2017)
- We started a coffee roastery Rello Il Torrefattore(2016–now)
- We are resurrecting the legendary kalimba brand e-Kalimba.com
- We co-ran a café called Koffein in 2017
- We used to run a club called Herna (2017-2018)
- We closely work with the Patch Point store
Humans & Friends
#production_leader #engineer #polar_explorer #heštegálisvole
Nikol Štrobach a.k.a. Kukla & Patchení s Nikol
#education #pinknoise #patchenisnikol #vasulkakitchenbrno
#engineer #inventor #dresdenbuddy
Jan Motl a.k.a. Doktor z hor
#assembly #soldering #rapper #monkey
#diy #assembly #sorting #precision
#circles #musician #punksnotdead
Milan Říha a.k.a. Milo
#testing #musician #bass
Martin Vondřejc a.k.a. Lišák a.k.a. Postcoital
#externalbrands #bouncer #troubleman
Nasťa Matoušková a.k.a. Ryba
#painter #bouncer #orders #multikits
#assembly #drummer #soldering
#assembly #pickandplace #engineer #soldering
John Dinger a.k.a. John Dee
#distribution #sales #musician
#smt #smd #engineer #inventor
#nicestpersonontheplanet #paperwork #management
#hypernerd #stockholmbuddy #programmer
#engineer #inventor #pizza
#rello #coffee #guitar