synthesizer

Premieres

R. Girardin’s New Record Is ‘Emotional Music’ for Unfeeling Technology

The Los Angeles composer transmutes the man-machine symbiosis of 21st century life into a collection of lively and light synthesizer instrumentals.
Colin Joyce
6.25.18
PROFILES

Morton Subotnick Has Been Expanding Minds and Music for More Than 50 Years

The pioneering electronic composer, who just debuted a new piece at Lincoln Center, is getting a doc that celebrates his contributions to music.
Keagon Voyce
8.2.17
Features

Ellen Allien Can See the Future

We caught up with the BPitch Control boss at a synthesizer exhibition in Berlin to hear about her time traveling path towards fame.
Thomas Vorreyer
6.30.17
audiovisuals

A Video Synth Pioneer Dusts Off Her Groundbreaking Audiovisuals

Denise Gallant is playing her early analogue video synthesizer at Coaxial Arts in LA.
DJ Pangburn
6.2.17
Animation

Radiant Animation Shows How Giorgio Moroder Discovered The Synth

The video is a visual interpretation of Moroder's dialogue on Daft Punk’s "Random Access Memories."
Nathaniel Ainley
6.1.17
Holy Shit

The Encephalophone Is a Real Instrument You Can Play with Your Mind

Researchers at the University of Washington have found that it may also help treat neurological problems.
Andrea Domanick
3.30.17
Music

Is This the Most Awkward Dance Party Music Video Ever?

Dance your androgynous sweater off with Moscow-based experimental sound artist Maria Teriaeva’s first-ever music video.
Sami Emory
2.13.17
thump news

This Adorable Synthesizer is the Size of Your Wallet

Mixing and matching is easier than ever.
Britt Julious
7.16.16
Art

Generative Electronic Music Inspires a Series of Digital Matrices

An exclusive sneak-peek at artist Birch Cooper's latest digital fluorescent structures.
Benoit Palop
3.28.16
brief histories

Instigate Sonic Violence: A Not-so-Brief History of the Synthesizer’s Impact on Heavy Metal

Locrian's Terence Hannum explores the profound impact that synthesizers have had on heavy music, from Queen to Iron Maiden to Mayhem.
Terence Hannum
3.18.16
Music

This Synth Lets Anyone Compose Just Like Bach

Meet Luisa Pereira’s Counterpointer, a synth that creates three-voice melodies according to the rules of counterpoint.
Gabrielle Bruney
3.13.16
thump news

Keith Emerson the First Synth Rock Star Dies at 71

The keyboardist for Emerson Lake and Palmer brought new prominence to the synthesizer.
Michael Barron
3.11.16
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