Symetricolour

Chris Dodsworth of SymetriColour creates affordable electronic instruments using reclaimed components.  Instructions for creating your own instruments are also available in his shop.


Tell me about what you do, Chris.
For the past 15 years I have worked as a joiner giving me design knowledge which has worked into my part time passion for electronics and alternative music. I design and built lo-fi electronic noise makers with affordability and ease of use in mind.

How did you originally get into your craft?
A few years back i got into making my own electronic music as a hobby. After a while i started to want to make some sounds that were only really available on very expensive modular analog synth setups. I realised i couldn't afford this kind of equipment so i decided to look into the kind of circuits i would need to make to build my own. I read a book or two and searched the internet to supplement my basic electronics skills, then started designing circuits built using minimal parts just to experiment. Once i'd heard the kinds of sounds these small self-contained circuits could make, i decided to pursue that idea rather than my original goal. My wife convinced me to sell some of my creations, which eventually led to where we are today.


What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Making music, strange electronic sounds, playing piano or video games. Depending on whatever i happen to be obsessed with at the time. Then again, drinking a nice hot mug of tea takes some beating!


What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Finding the time. I work as a joinery manufacturer as a day job.  I run Symetricolour as a second job at the moment so finding time to design and build my items is sometimes a struggle.


When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I was really into Back To The Future and Ghostbusters so i wanted to be some sort of mad professor type like Doc Brown and Egon, i suppose i'm getting pretty close to that through musican experimentation!


What item in your collection would you like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
The Noise Hero. Or maybe one of the untested designs that existed only within my head at the moment which i'm sure will sound great. Probably.


What other artists out there do you love?


Within my craft and also on Etsy i admire the work of RareBeasts


Also i have Nicolas Collins to thank for his book


Also pretty much every electronic music artist ever has influenced me in some way.


What does your future hold?
I hope to be able to come up with better and better designs to make interesting sounds whilst maintaining a lofi edge. Specifically i have a Noise Hero kit on the way, i'm planning a sequel to my old Beep Poet design and i'm working on something called The Vector Weapon which is a sci-fi laser gun sound effects circuit. Great fun!




See more of his work in action on Chris's YouTube channel.