This is post 12 of 12 in the series “Synth Pioneers” This series highlights pioneers in electronic music. It is not intended to be a deep dive, but rather a jumping off point for further exploration. I welcome your comments and insights on any of the posts, and welcome any additional information you might come…
… here’s a [very] brief history covering 90 years of electronic music through the lens of “popular” music …
I have, on many occasions, referred to Wendy Carlos as one of my introductions to the world of electronic music and synthesizers through her 1968 album Switched On Bach. It was Wendy who inspired Robert Moog to refine and perfect his Moog synthesizers, with which she recorded the album.
By the mid-70s, synthesizers had found their way into popular music, from disco to rock, from jazz to funk, and everything in between. Here are a half-dozen examples clipped from the BBC’s Top Of The Pops TV show in 1977.
Laurie Spiegel is a musician, composer, cat lover, New Yorker, and an innovator of electronic music. She
Several months ago, I wrote a piece outlining four reasons that I no longer wanted to build a modular rig. But, as I write this post today, on the sixth anniversary of the death of Keith Emerson, I’ve had a bit of a change of heart.
Love him or hate him, you’ve got to admit that it’s good to see someone who is able to fulfill his dreams. As much as I love to hate on him, I have to admit that I’m more than a little envious.