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Behind the Synth: Gary Leuenberger Synth Chat
Check out this chat with one of the original FM programmers!
Gary Leuenberger is a musician and keyboardist who is a legend in the world of FM Synthesis. Along with David Bristow, Gary created the preset sounds for the Yamaha DX7. He worked as a sound designer for many artists during the 80s and shares some great stories from that time. Nate and Blake caught up with Gary and talked about his background, his first experiences with synthesizers and his role in the initial development of FM Synthesis.
Check out Gary in this video from a 1986 episode of the PBS show "Computer Chronicles"!
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About the author
Yamaha Synthesizer Product Specialist Blake Angelos has over thirty years of experience with music hardware and software. An expert in music technology, Blake has conducted numerous clinics, master classes and presentations throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. In his role as Product Specialist for the Synthesizer Department Blake appears in many product videos and artist interviews, writes many articles for YamahaSynth.com and co-hosts a regular Podcast called “Behind the Synth”.
Before his work with Yamaha, he taught music theory and jazz studies courses at Arizona State University; managed a technology-focused music store in Seattle and was a production supervisor at Microsoft, where he led a team that developed groundbreaking interactive music content for the Microsoft Network. Blake holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. Blake currently resides in Bellingham, Washington with his family, and between his travels around the world for Yamaha, he performs as much as possible with several jazz and creative music groups in Bellingham, Seattle and other places in the Pacific Northwest.