By the time I got to building synthesizers, I had perhaps 20 years' experience building electronic musical instruments.
Leon Theremin's original designs are elegant, ingenious and effective. As electronics goes, the theremin is very simple. But there are so many subtleties hidden in the details of the design. It's like a great sonnet, or a painting, or a speech, that is perfectly done on more than one level.
I'm finishing building a house and setting up a shop to build custom electronical musical instruments.
My training as an engineer has enabled me to design the stuff, but the reason I do it is not to make music but for the opportunity to work with musicians.
The point is that I don't design stuff for myself. I'm a toolmaker. I design things that other people want to use.
Other kids went out and beat each other up or played baseball, and I built electronics.
Everything has some consciousness, and we tap into that. It is about energy at its most basic level.
To those of you who are wearing ties, I think my dad would appreciate it if you took them off.
Back in the '40s and early '50s, building simple electronic projects was a popular hobby of many people. Back then, you could buy, you know, a few parts and - with tubes and build something on your kitchen table, and it would actually work.
I had been building electronic musical instruments since I was a kid.