[KwartzAnnounce] April 26th, 2011 - Presentation: The Development Of Synthesizers In Popular Music
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The Development Of Synthesizers In Popular Music
>From Humble Beginnings To The Advent Of Polyphony
David Carswell will present a brief history of electronic sound sources in popular music including the Musitron,
the Theremin, the Electro-Theremin, the Mellotron, and the development of the Moog Synthesizer and it's
contemporaries. The discussion will focus primarily on music synthesis from its earliest experiments to the
commercial introduction of Polyphonic synthesizers and how these developments manifested in popular music.
Some of the pioneers of electronic sound sources will be discussed including Max Crook, Raymond Scott, Paul
Tanner, Bob Whitsell, Paul Beaver, Hugh LeCaine, Walter/Wendy Carlos, Mickey Dolenz, Mike Vickers, Mort
Garson, and Keith Emerson. There will also be the opportunity to delve in Musique Concrete (1948) and the BBC
Radiophonic Workshop (1963) and their influence on British artists in the 1960's and 70's.
The presentation will be structured, but open to questions and comments, and will include sound and song
samples showing the development and eventual acceptance of the synthesizer.
David “Doc” Carswell is a self-styled Musicologist with a background and education in Broadcast & Print
Journalism, Radio and Television Engineering and Information Technology. David has also spent the last thirty
years as a “part-time” live and studio sound engineer, working with such varied artists as Rough Trade, The
Deserters, Platinum Blonde, The Forgotten Rebels, The Look People, The Watch and Kim Mitchell. David is
currently a Technology and Facility Manager for a large international non-profit organization.
David’s love affair with music began at a very early age and very soon he realized that sometimes the story
behind the music was just as interesting (if not more, in some cases) as the music itself. Synthesizers in
particular have become a passion since first hearing 1971’s Lucky Man. “I heard THAT sound at end of Lucky
Man and was absolutely blown away – I had never heard anything like it! I found myself, from that moment on,
learning as much as I could about this amazing instrument – I needed to know how this thing worked!”
David is married with two children, two grandchildren and two cats, none of whom really share his enthusiasm
for musical history and trivia.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
KWARTZLAB - Kitchener, ON
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