The Early Development of the Synthesizer and its Impact on Contemporary Popular Music: A Research Sketch
The synthesizer played a central role in Western popular music of the 1960s, 1970s, and well into the 1980s, especially in so-called progressive rock and synth pop. And yet, there is still no book-length study of its impact on and meanings in this repertory. This text is a discussion of the main issues that such a study would have to address, along with a brief historical survey of the emergence and early development of the synthesizer.
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