MUSIC EXTRA: A HISTORY OF MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY - 5. THE SYNTHESIZER (96kbs-m4a/35mb/50mins)
BBC World Service broadcast: 25th May 2019
The first synthesizer was so big, it filled an entire room, but during the 1960s inventors built downsized machines which would go on to revolutionise pop music.
Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason charts the work of synth pioneers Bob Moog, Don Buchla and Dave Smith in the story of the most influential electronic instrument of all time.
We learn how the synth came to sing with multiple voices, and how Japanese giants came to dominate the market - but arguably at a cost to creativity.
Brian Kehew, producer and music historian
Tom Rhea, electronic music historian
Herb Deutsch, musician and collaborator with Bob Moog
Peter Zinovieff, EMS and inventors of the VCS3 synthesizer
Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo
Nick Rhodes, Duran Duran
Dave Smith, Sequential Circuits and inventor of the Prophet 5
DJ Jazzy Jeff
The series is produced in association with the Open University.