Ryuichi Sakamoto is auctioning a Roland V-Synth from his personal collection

Ryuichi Sakamoto V-Synth

Bids for the musician’s 2003 synthesiser close on 13 December, with all proceeds going to US charity Southern Poverty Law Center.

Ryuichi Sakamoto has submitted a Roland V-Synth into a silent auction to raise money for US advocacy group The Southern Poverty Law Centre. The instrument is a signed piece from the Japanese composer’s personal collection, and includes a handwritten apology next to a missing fader knob. The auction opened on 1 December, and will run until 13 December. With the item valued at $3000, the top bid currently (4 December) stands at $850.

The item comes with an authenticity certificate, and the product description reads: “Get your hands on a working synth signed by living electronic/experimental music icon Ryuichi Sakamoto, previously used by him in composition. From his use, one fader knob is missing, but it still works perfectly and is an easy fix – after which, you can still enjoy Sakamoto’s bonus ‘sorry!’ graffiti next to it!”

Recently, Sakamoto remixed Oneohtrix Point Never’s Age of track Last Known Image of a SongThe remix features on Daniel Lopatin’s recently released EP Love in the Time of Lexapro.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a civil rights group dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, whilst seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of US society. Using the tools of litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC campaigns for equal rights.

For more information, and the chance to make your bid, click here. Read the Crack Magazine feature: Ryuichi Sakamoto talks us through Async Remodels track by track.