My transition from scientist to entrepreneur? Some would say that I still haven't made that transition.
By the time I got to building synthesizers, I had perhaps 20 years' experience building electronic musical instruments.
I was never worried that synthesizers would replace musicians. First of all, you have to be a musician in order to make music with a synthesizer.
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.
There are confirmed stories of people who can break instruments and cause them to fail by walking in a room. I'm the opposite - I can walk into a room and something will work better than it is supposed to.
What inspires me is not so much the music as the opportunity to interact with composers. I think that has driven everything I've done.
I'm an engineer. I see myself as a toolmaker and the musicians are my customers... They use my tools.
Everything has some consciousness, and we tap into that. It is about energy at its most basic level.
I happen to think that computers are the most important thing to happen to musicians since the invention of cat-gut which was a long time ago.