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Peter Zinovieff RIP

offline umbroman3 from United Kingdom on 2021-06-25 20:44 [#02609496]
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offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2021-06-26 08:20 [#02609505]
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thats a nice piece of history right there.
love the mad professor bit :)
does anybody know a decent documentary about the first
manufacutered synthesizers and their makers?


offline steve mcqueen from caerdydd (United Kingdom) on 2021-06-30 17:29 [#02609583]
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>>does anybody know a decent documentary about the first
>> manufacutered synthesizers and their makers?
not humanly possible, they popped up everywhere at once,
like sheep jumping over cattle grids.. saw a nice one on ARP
on yt the other day


offline steve mcqueen from caerdydd (United Kingdom) on 2021-06-30 17:31 [#02609584]
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been meaning to watch that Buchla RBMA interview too

anyway right now pour one out for Peter


offline dave_g from United Kingdom on 2021-07-02 22:13 [#02609611]
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What the future sounded like is worth watching if not seen.
I recall he is quite down on the VCS3 being a silly little
toy, but it makes sense when you see a computer controlled
sampler in his studio. Helps that he and ex wife were both
from old money selling tiaras to buy PDPs that were
mega-money used for automating a factory and he had it in
his shed piddling around with music.
I strongly suspect he did originate sampling as a
Also messing about with vocoder and computer to do
resynthesis, very advanced stuff for the time (and very

The new sound of music worth a watch, on youtube skip parts
1 and 2 unless want to see tape splicing musique concrete
then the good stuff is:
Part 3: Synthi100, VCS3 and vocoder all in use:
Part 4: Peter Zinovieff, Tristram Cary, polysynthi and
tapping away on his PDP mini computer. Also has excellent
David Vorhaus bit (with VCS3 in use as well of course)

Musically, I much prefer Tristram Cary and never really took
to Zinovieff's compositions. Because I am a professional
electronic engineer, Cockerell has always been of most
interest to me, or rather his electronic designs, but I do
wonder if it wasn't for Zinovieff would I have ever heard of
him? I'm sure he would have designed some clever circuits,
but might have been in radios or TVs instead. Saying that I
think without Cockerell's good taste to filter Zinovieff's
ideas you get crap like Polysynthi.

Oh I read somewhere that he and David Cockerell walked into
Moog factory with their 256 step digital sequencer plugged
it in and let it play to much amusement and annoyance of the
staff, whom had recently released something like a 16 step
analogue sequencer that they previously thought was pretty

I never met Mr Zinovieff but he seemed like a real gent. RIP


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