Free book traces the revolutionary link of graphic to sound, in Xenakis, UPIC, and legacy

Electronic sound is in theory a limitless blank canvas. Iannis Xenakis and his work imagine what image of sound could fill that page – and leaves a legacy that’s still radical today.

The Internet is throwing synth maker legend Dave Smith a 70th birthday party

Happy birthday to Dave Smith – founder of Sequential, co-creator of MIDI, and the innovator behind some wonderful instruments and tech that make us smile even when we’re in isolation.

Peter Kirn - April 2, 2020

Watch Elsa Garmire’s pioneering laser show from 1972 – futuristic and expressive even now

Forget that cheesy Pink Floyd stuff from the planetarium. Scientist Elsa Garmire used optic chops to make lasers into a real instrument – and her work holds up today.

Peter Kirn - February 6, 2020

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