Keyboard Presents Synth Gods

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  • Copyright: 2011-01-01
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books
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From the pages of Keyboard magazine, Keyboard Presents Synth Gods spotlights artists who did much more than just play synthesizers: they changed the course of music history and inspired generations. Featuring in-depth profiles of leading synthesists such as Jan Hammer, Wendy Carlos, Rick Wakeman, and Stevie Wonder, this book delves into how these new, untested boxes of circuitry captured the imagination of these legendary artists. Read about the design of some of the most famous synthesizers ever made, models from masterminds such as Dr. Robert Moog, Dave Smith, and Ray Kurzweil. Get the details on what made them sound unique, what timeless music was created on them, and how you can re-create some of these sounds using synths you already have!

Author Biography

Ernie Rideout, as the former editor in chief of Keyboard magazine, got to spend a lot of quality time with many of the greatest synth players, synth designers, and synthesizers of all time. When he's not tweaking sounds on his beloved collection of analog and virtual synthesizers, he enjoys writing about music and video technology and participating in the music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Morphing Analog Synth Artistry into the Digital Realmp. 2
Music from a Mountain of Moogp. 10
Putting Soul into Synths with Stevie Wonder and Tontop. 22
The Power of the Obliquep. 32
Making the Synth Screamp. 44
Synths Drive the Carsp. 54
Synthesis as Liberationp. 62
The Making of a Minimoog for the Millenniump. 72
Synths, Simplicity, and Successp. 78
Truth in Synthesisp. 88
Synths Get Sexyp. 94
Analog Ecstasy Meets Digital Destructionp. 106
The Prophet Returnsp. 116
Synthesizer Consciousnessp. 124
From Circuits to Colorsp. 134
Synthesizers of Firep. 144
Yessynthsp. 154
Frankensynthp. 164
Burning Down the Housep. 172
Synth Storiesp. 180
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