Cynthia herself a Synthesist
(Seduced into soldering sonic circuitry)!

Heaven is sitting at a wall full of modules with patch cords a plenty and a cup of coffee...

What possessed me? In High School I bought an ARP 2600, and after graduating I drove cross country to attend the Boston School of Electronic Music and study with Jim Michmerhuizen, author of the classic ARP 2600 User's Manual. There I discovered ElectroNotes and what an oscilloscope can do, at which point - I gleefully picked-up a soldering iron and dove into schematics and circuit boards!

While giving some electronic music seminars, I ended up founding Synapse, an international electronic music magazine, and then had to move on to San Francisco to continue my schooling. There I enjoyed performing quad electronic music live regularly as a member of a synth band called Triode. We performed "live sound sculpture" in quad with our modulars all over the Bay Area and headlined the Los Angeles Electronic Music Festival.

Then I could usually be found working late in the synthesizer labs at San Francisco State University, or the Moog Lab at Mills College, or perhaps wandering the halls of Cal Arts to get a chance to play with the Buchlas or jam with friends in the Serge crowd.

I hope to do more live modular performance in the future, and maybe dabble in video synthesis too! There are still some times I miss my old 2600, but c'mon we all know that the reality is that modern Modular Systems are light-years ahead!

I've recently returned to my love of electronic music after a twenty-year hiatus concentrating on visuals as a Hollywood Cinematographer. Now, nine years later, I make a little music, edit a little video, do graphics and shoot motion control on our stage occasionally, but as you can see... I am mainly designing rockin' modules these days!

New designs are constantly in the works, pushing the envelope(s) as it were!

Thanks to everyone for your cheery feedback and support!

I couldn't be happier!

Cynthia

"Synthtopia" Interview with Cynthia

 

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