Synthesizers

Kevin Monahan began working at E-MU in 1980, at a very exciting time for synthesizer development. The sample boom was in full swing and Kevin enjoyed the opportunity to work on several innovative products. After twenty years with the company, Kevin joined forces with his wife, Denise Gallant, in...
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...
Greg Niven was a gear-head at the perfect time - when technology was developing in the 1970s and the great synthesizer boom of innovation was on! He was working in the famed Harrods department store’s music department in London at the time. The store wanted to provide the latest innovations for its...
José Nogueira was eight years old when his parents started a music business in Porto, Portugal. He took accordion lessons as a child as well as guitar and piano. In 1974, a group of friends formed a rock band combining elements of R&B and jazz, but they already had a piano player so one of José...
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...

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