“Everything old is new again” certainly could be no more true than in electronic music, in which futuristic possibility is constantly expanded by our history, a tradition in finding alien, new sounds. So it’s a great pleasure to go back and read articles from electronic music’s past. They just might open a window to its future. They certainly seem oddly more relevant as they age, in many cases.

Keyboard (then Contemporary Keyboard) and Electronic Musician seem lacking in good archives, but at least you can explore the wonderful Synapse Magazine in its entirety, courtesy another synth legend – Cynthia at Cyndustries.


I was aware of this archive for some time; I even wrote about it in the heady early days of CDM in 2005. (I must have been taking the same drugs as whomever designed Synapse’s cover art, because I inexplicably called it Synergy magazine, changing a brilliant name into a horrible corporate cliché in the process. I will assume the statute on copy corrections has past, and leave it for posterity. Sorry. I was so much older then; I’m younger than that now. And better at copy editing, I hope.)

Dangerous Minds brings it up again, as picked up by Metafilter – and thanks to everyone who shared this, including CDM’s own Marsha Vdovin.

Now: to outfit our studios to our satisfaction, then laugh heartily with evil glee as does TONTO here. We ask for so little much.

  • Enreche

    hmmm synth legend Cynthia?
    Dont you mean Cynthia, person who takes your money and doesnt deliver goods, lies constanty about delivery times etc etc etc.

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      I was unaware of that complaint. If you’ve had a negative experience, document it and we can investigate.

  • Nick

    I’ve waited way long in the past for orders as have friends but they are not a company to cheat people. I’ve gotten my order long ago and my friends eventually too. Would be great if she sold gear only after it has been built and that sort of looks like their new business direction. Last time I ordered it was delivered within days.

    Though the whole issue is sort of off topic, they have historic back issues online and that aspect shouldn’t cause a complaint.

  • http://twitter.com/tedthetrumpet tedthetrumpet

    Thanks for this: I could waste hours here! Like, whoever heard of the ‘coax cable delay line’?! http://www.cyndustries.com/synapse/synapse.cfm?pc=43&folder=march1978&pic=40

  • http://www.oliverchesler.com oliverchesler

    Go to Puchase College (when I was there it was called Suny Purchase) and in the library they have every issue of Keyboard and Electronic Music bound in hardcover. I spent a serious amount of time looking through those while I was there!

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      I’m fairly certain *New Bay* (now owner of the mags) doesn’t have that. So if someone feels … I don’t know, scan-happy…

  • Tim

    It’s amazing how similar everything discussed in these mags is to todays online chatter … the same brands, the same modular & monosynth gear we talk about these days. If only the electronic music world hadn’t fallen in that DX7 digital wormhole in the 80s we might have made some progress!

  • Opticus9

    Great stuff! Thanks! I read through several issues without blinking. Thanks again!