Spiritual Machinery - Hakan Sunar


As a teenager Hakan Sunar was heavily influenced by the "new romantic" movement in the early to mid 80s. Aged 15 he had his first synthesizer (a KORG Polysix) and started to jam with some fellow classmates in a studio in central Stockholm. However he soon found himself spending more time in the studio's control room with the studio manager. Something he found more interesting and pleasant then playing in a band.

With a small 4-track tape recorder (FOSTEX X-15) and a digital drum machine (Yamaha RX-21) he started to make his own recordings at home.

In 1986 he moved to Örebro, a small city in mid Sweden, where he entered college. During his college years he performed a few solo gigs and also contributed with his music to a commercial video for the towns enterprises.

After college Sunar formed the duo "Camel Café Orchestra" with Jennie Musikka. They played some club gigs and festival. Performing synth-pop covers from the early 80s before splitting up in the end of 1992 (they also had a minor radio play with "Det Kanske Var En dröm"). Shortly afterwards Sunar began his studies in music theory and recording technology at TBV's Music House. Mainly under guidance by the Russian opera singer and recording engineer Gennadij Goncharenko and guitarist Peter Andersson.

In 1993 Sunar performed together with a troubadour named Stefan Berglind. They recorded the song "Sea Of Pearls", written by Sunar, with producer/engineer Anders Moberg in Moberg's professional studio.

After moving back to Stockholm in 1995 to start his studies at Stockholm's university he spent less time on his music - due to the studies and, later on, family life.

Hakan Sunar is suffering from an eye disease , called glaucoma, since his childhood. From 2001 his vision started to gradually deteriorate. Over the following years he became completely blind on his left eye and has a grave vision impairment on the right eye.

Thanks to the amazing progress of recording technology in the digital era he is now able to continue working with his music. Magnifying software and digital audio workstations (DAW) together with software synthesizers and digital audio processing tools makes it possible for visually impaired people like Sunar to work with audio recording.

After he picked up music again Sunar contributed with some music for the Swedish artist/designer Gunilla "Kaipa" Eriksson.

Hakan Sunar's music is also featuring in various videos, interviews and documentaries by Swedish journalist Nils Lundgren.