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  • Writer's pictureLee Whitmore

Music Synthesis Legacies

Updated: Feb 3, 2021

Music technology and synthesis captured my ears, mind, and heart. Today as I look back at my career, it is a significant foundational pillar anchoring my path in life. Loving relevant contemporary music when I was young lead to thousands of hours of listening to vinyl, forming a literal garage band with my schoolmates in rural Pennsylvania, participating in almost every music education program in my neighborhood, going to college to study music, and finding an amazing first job in music tech, at Korg USA, back in 1989, fresh out of graduate school.

I looked up to the iconic greats. The players and instrument creators and inventors of the 1960s and on influenced my thinking, ears, music-making, and a lot more. About 1990 I attended a New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) convention in the Catskills and met the founder of Berklee College of Music's music synthesis department, David Mash. After 40 years of service to music and education at Berklee, David's professional leadership role at the college and his personal musicianship introduced him to synthesis greats who became lifelong friends.

Back in December, I invited David to participate in a live, online "conversation" about his life. He invited the daughters of two of his dearest friends, and synthesizer greats, Robert Moog and Alan R. Pearlman (Founder of ARP Instruments, Inc.). He is a board member for both foundations. What ensued was a conversation combining contemporary music history, music creation, and philanthropy. Watch the clip below to learn more about the Bob Moog Foundation and the Alan R. Pearlman Foundation.

If like me and David Mash, you are passionate about music synthesis, technology, and music education, please give to the Alan R. Pearlman and the Bob Moog Foundation. Help keep the legacies alive!

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