The Candlelight Vigil: A Synth Cover in Memory of Jóhann Jóhannsson (From Prisoners)

Published on Feb 11, 2018 Ace Waters

"Jóhann Jóhannsson was one of the first artists that I found when getting deep into the world of ambient music. In college, I listened to his 'IBM 1401 a User's Manual' on repeat. His album Orphee was the album the got me through editing my 'Favorite Things of 2017' video. His soundtracks are all profoundly moving and inspiring. I was devastated when I found

David Van Koevering Has Passed Away

Brian Kehew wrote in to let us know David Van Koevering passed away yesterday at the age of 70. Per Brian, "I have news that famous Moog salesman David Van Koevering has passed away yesterday. His family asked me to pass on this information, in case you can post something in his honor. So many people in the industry knew him; such a long and varied life!" Indeed. The following is the obituary

Dr. Dave Luce's Polymoog Restoration #1 (by Synthpro)

Published on Oct 27, 2017 synthpro

"Hey Guys,

I'm very excited to share this project with all of you, It has been an amazing experience getting to restore polymoogs that belonged to the inventor. I can't put into words how amazed and honored I was to meet Dr. Dave's family, truly amazing people!

It was also very special getting to stay at the Luce house and working in the basement lab where

RIP Pierre Henry

Musique Concrete and clectonic music pioneer Pierre Henry has passed away at the age of 89. You can find a number of posts featuring his influence here on MATRIXSYNTH. Below is a tribute from Polynominaldotcom and The Art of Sounds documentary featuring Pierre Henry.

via @moogmusicinc

"The life in my sounds is an echo of the life within me."

Pictured: Pierre Henry in January 2008 (via

RIP David Alan Luce - Former President of Moog Music & Creator of the Polymoog

News is in that Dave Luce passed away yesterday, April 15, at the age of 80.  That's him working on the Polymoog back in the day.   I spotted the image and news in this tweet by @casadistortion.

"RIP David Luce, designer of the groundbreaking Polymoog."

You can find a video interview with Dave Luce in NAMM's Oral Histories site here.

via The Buffalo News:

"After a brief stint at Sperry

RIP Mika Vainio of Pan Sonic

Some sad news in. Mika Vainio of Pan Sonic passed away at the age of 53. The image to the left is from a 2010 interview with Mika on TECHNOCCULT.

Please click here before you read on. It will bring up this post followed by previous posts featuring Mika sorted by date. Mika has been featured a number of times here on MATRIXSYNTH, most notably in live performances with Franck Vigroux who

RIP Ikutaro Kakehashi, Founder of Roland

via Tommy Snyder:

"Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of Roland, father of the TR-909, TR-808, Godfather of MIDI, and someone who I have collaborated with for 38 years, and also considered him as my 2nd father, passed away at the age of 87. He was a super funny, wonderful and gifted human being, and his contributions to the musical instrument world , and music, touched millions of people worldwide. RIP

RIP William Onyeabor - Nigerian Electronic Funk Pioneer as well as Nigeria's 1st Moog Dealer

'Fantastic Man' (Full Length) - A Film About William Onyeabor

Published on Feb 25, 2014 Noisey

Video description: "'You Need To Hear This' is proud to present 'Fantastic Man' a documentary investigating Nigerian musician William Onyeabor, a man shrouded in mystery and myth. Directed by Jake Sumner (Alldayeveryday) the film tells the story of a label's attempt to track William down, speaking to

RIP Jean-Claude Risset

Shepard-Risset Glissando

Jean-Claude Risset, a pioneer of electronic music, passed away on November 21. Many of you will recognize his Risset Tones, or Shepard Tones above as they were based on the work of Roger Shepard as referenced in this post: "Risset Tones (Risset tones are based on the work of Roger Shepard in the 1960's and the further developments made later by Jean-Claude Risset,

RIP Pauline Oliveros

Pauline Oliveros: Bye bye butterfly (1967)

Uploaded on Mar 24, 2011 TheWelleszCompany


Published on Apr 16, 2012 importantrecords

"Pauline Oliveros, composer, performer and humanitarian is an important pioneer in American Music. Acclaimed internationally, for four decades she has explored sound --

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