Love Hultén’s Doodlestation Synthesizes Sounds and Smiles


Even while braving the most experimental, niche corners of the Consumer Electronics Show floors nearly every year well over the span of a decade, I can only recollect a handful of moments when any contraption stopped me dead in my tracks and compelled a turn heel to ask, “What is this?!” That’s the sort of response the work of audiovisual artist and woodworker Love Hultén compels on the regular when he posts new designs from from his design studio in Gothenburg, Sweden. His Doodlestation embodies the notion, you don’t necessarily need to know what something does to know it’s darn cool.

Detail of screen displays with cartoon character vomiting a rainbow.

By all appearances – lime green case, wood cabinetry, polka-dotted assemblage of dials, Kit-Kat length of pastel-hued keys, and tangle of multi-colored cords – the Doodlestation looks like a contraption straight out of an episode of Space: 1999. But it isn’t merely a set piece, but a working all in one sequential OB-6 module, Moog DFAM, Hologram Microcosm, Theremin setup, custom MIDI visualizer, Tape Echo, and custom keyboard meant to be played.

Detail view of Doodlestation yellow circular opening located in lime green tower cabinet.

Detail view of Doodlestation's multi-colored sequencer wires and small dials.

Detail of Doodlestation's effects dials.

The entire setup is accompanied by an animated blue-haired cartoon character inhabiting the circular display, animated in real-time to react to whatever is being played upon the keyboard – a delightful detail.

Front wide view of Doodlestation against black background.

Detail of wood cabinet drawer opened, revealing multicolor cables.

View of back of the Doodlestation showing clean cable organization.

Like everything Love Hultén does, the Doodlestation is a custom made-to-order creation. So get saving.

Gregory Han is Tech Editor of Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at gregoryhan.com.



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