Synthesizers

Jun-Ichi Miki joined the Roland Corporation in 1977 right after graduating from university. After working in research of sound synthesis and analysis for electronic musical instruments, in 1994 he joined the Board of Directors. In 2013, Jun-ichi was named Roland’s new CEO and his background in...
Jason Miles is the musician and composer who took advantage of the developing synthesizer technology in the 1970s and 80s to create unique sounds for such artists as Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin.  In the 1980s, Jason played an important role within New York recording studios by...
Dr. Robert Moog was the father of the synthesizer and perhaps the best-known promoter of the Theremin and electronic music. When he passed away in 2005 after a short illness, he was eulogized as an inventor and lover of music. When his Modular Moog was introduced in 1965, followed by the Mini Moog...
Michelle Moog-Koussa is the keeper of her father’s flame! As director of the Bob Moog Foundation she has worked closely with those who seek as she does to promote the work of her father, who was considered by many to be the premier pioneer of electronic music with the invention of his synthesizer,...
Makoto Muroi's passion for music began in school when he played the French Horn.  He studied computers in college and worked on microcomputer development.  While working on drum machines at Roland, Mr. Kakehashi suggested to Makoto that he explore how video and music can better work together with...
Takuya Nakata is the Director and Executive Officer for Yamaha in Japan. During his NAMM Oral History interview he provided details about the development of Yamaha’s electronic musical products beginning with the D-1 organ in 1959. Mr. Nakata also related the stories of the GS-1 digital keyboard in...
Steve Nathan is among the top studio musicians in Nashville.  Although his recording career began in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Nashville studios have been requesting his musicianship non-stop for years.  Each year, Music Row Magazine charts all of the hit records and which performer is on each hit. ...
Les Nicholas was hired as an engineer to assist the famed electronic music inventor Harold Bode.  Mr. Bode was given a lab within the Estey Organ Company In Brattleboro, Vermont in 1954.  The company wanted to expand it's products to include an electronic organ.  To assist with the task he hired...
Erik Norlander is the perfect musician to have come into his own as a performer as the synthesizer and other electronic musical instruments were being developed in the 1980s. In addition to touring and recording, Erik also worked within the industry at Alesis Electronics where he was the...
Chris Noyes began studying guitar at the age of 8, taking lessons at a Washington DC area music store. The bands he played in as a kid often included politicians, in fact one band played at Robert Kennedy's house! In 1972, he entered Berklee and remained until his retirement in 2018. Back in 1969,...

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