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Interview: Nyle Steiner.1 / 14-Oct-2020

Nyle Steiner, in the Studio, with the EVI.

Inventor and synthesizer pioneer Nyle Steiner talks about his early electronics and musical background which led him to later invent the Electronic Valve Instrument (EVI) and Electronic Wind Instrument (EWI). While Nyle built many of the EVIs and EWIs himself along with a short production run by Crumar, it is Akai (now Akai Professional) that has mass produced the instruments beginning in 1987. In fact, in Japan the EWI is much more well known as an Akai product which is still being made today while Nyle Steiner remains a bit obscure.

For more information about Nyle Steiner, the EVI and EWI, as well as all things wind controller related, check out Matt Traum’s Patchman Music website at

Interview: John Bowen.1 / 13-Aug-2020

John Bowen and Bob Moog in Tokyo 1973

John Bowen worked for MOOG Music product clinician demoing music equipment for the major of the 1970s. He later went to work with Dave Smith helping with the early Sequential Circuits products to do limited programming and sequencing for the MiniMOOG as well as suggestions that influenced the design of the PROPHET-5.

For more information about John, visit

Interview: Tamiko Thiel / 06-Aug-2020

Tamiko w/ the Thinking Machines CM-2 at MoMA in 2018

Part 1 of a multi-part interview with Digital Media Artist Tamiko Thiel. After graduating from MIT Tamiko was asked to join Thinking Machines as the Product Design Lead for the Connection Machine.

For more information about Tamiko Thiel, please visit