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Sunday, May 21 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Instrument Design: 45 Years of Instrument Design

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Dave Smith will discuss his synth designs, driven by questions from the audience

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Dave Smith

DSI is helmed by legendary instrument designer and Grammy-winner Dave Smith, the original founder of Sequential Circuits in the mid-70s. Dave designed the Prophet-5, the world’s first fully-programmable polyphonic synth—and the first musical instrument with an embedded microprocessor. Dave is generally known as the driving force behind the generation of the MIDI specification in 1981. It was Dave, in fact, who coined the acronym. In... Read More →

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Instrument Design

Since the first humans stood upright, people have been compelled to make sounds and compose them into rhythm and song. Humanity progresses, societies evolve, and expressions, representations, and tastes shift wildly, but the drive to make tools that produce music will always permeate all cultures. Once instrument builders first began to harness electronic technologies into new possibilities for instrument design, the door opened to radical... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Full Frame Theatre 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

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