Oral History Information
Bryan Bell was given the task of engineering a working synthesizer using all of Herbie Hancock’s favorite keyboards back in the early 1970s, well before MIDI. Herbie’s single instruction to Bryan was that he wanted all of the sounds of his 20 plus instruments powered and fully controlled by one unit, allowing Herbie to make all of the musical changes on his entire bank of synthesizers. Bryan succeeded and went on to play a vital role as one of the music industry’s most innovative sound engineers. In addition to his long association with Herbie, Bryan applied his technical skills to the likes of Miles Davis, John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, Santana, and Neil Young, to name just a handful of those he worked with.