The synthesizer has become so ubiquitous that you can download them as apps, but in the mid-sixties, less than thirty people owned one. One of them was a pioneering electronic composer named Mort Garson, who used it to soundtrack the CBS live broadcast of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

In this episode, we look at the electronic musicians who used early analog synthesizers to construct what the future sounds like.

Listen with headphones, this one’s a trip.


Paul Finlay is a nuclear physicist who makes electronic music.

Chuck Braverman is a award-winning filmmaker who made two documentaries about O. J. Simpson.

Jim Montgomery is a member of the oldest live-electronic group in the world.



This episode is produced with Angela Shackel

Image: Braden Labonte

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