Synthesizer Evolution: From Analogue to Digital by Oli Freke / ISBN 9781913231064 / 128-page paperback from Velocity Press (UK)
From acid house to prog rock, there is no form of modern popular music that hasn’t been propelled forwards by the synthesizer. As a result they have long been objects of fascination, desire and reverence for keyboard players, music producers and fans of electronic music alike. Whether looking at an imposing modular system or posing with a DX7 on Top of the Pops, the synth has also always had an undeniable physical presence.
This book celebrates their impact on music and culture by providing a comprehensive and meticulously researched directory of every major synthesizer, drum machine and sampler made between 1963 and 1995. Each featured instrument is illustrated by hand, and shown alongside its vital statistics and some fascinatingly quirky facts.
In tracing the evolution of the analogue synthesizer from its invention in the early 1960’s to the digital revolution of the 1980s right up until the point that analogue circuits could be modeled using software in the mid-1990’s, the book tells the story of analogue to digital - and back again.
"Like a Victorian botanist climbing mountains in search or a rare flower to sketch, Oli Freke tracks down scarce examples of Synthesizers to lovingly sketch and share with the rest of us to marvel at. His collection is an essential bookshelf addition for the analogue obsessive."--Electronic Sound
Oli Freke is a London based musician, artist and author who has had a life-long passion for analogue synthesizers and electronic music. He has spent twenty years in the music industry, variously supporting the Human League on tour with his electro band Cassette Electrik, writing music for television and recently seeing success with a string of dance tracks which placed in the UK club charts. His Synth Evolution posters, launched in 2017, have become a popular product among synth fans.