MATRIXSYNTH: The Synclavier, Michael Jackson and a Copyright Conundrum

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Synclavier, Michael Jackson and a Copyright Conundrum

video by Alex Ball

"Who wrote the intro to "Beat It"? Michael Jackson?

Let's find out...

One correction: I misspelt Jon Appleton in the video, apologies to Jon.

Root Studio's Synclavier demo video mentioned:"

NED Synclavier I Demo
video by rootstudio

"This rare New England Digital Synclavier Model I plays from its internal sequencer what is probably a factory demo.

To find out more about this instrument, watch my history video:"

Synclavier I - the first digital synthesizer you could buy
video by rootstudio

"One of the rarest musical instruments, this historic computer controlled synthesizer is as flexible as you want it to be and sounds like nothing else. Video includes high definition close ups of the insides and demo sounds.

Listen to some experimental music created on this Synclavier:​"

Update via gridsleep in the comments: "Triadex Muse was released in 1972, five years before the Synclavier."

And you could buy it. The Synclavier 1 would be the first *programmable* digital synth you could purchase, but only via the included DEC VT100. via "The synclavier 1 was an FM synthesis based keyboard-less sound module, and was only programmable via a DEC VT100 computer supplied with the system."

So I guess it depends on how you define a synthesizer - programmable or not. Note there were at least two earlier digital "synths". See The First Synth To post for more.

1 comment:

  1. Triadex Muse was released in 1972, five years before the Synclavier.


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