Other kids went out and beat each other up or played baseball, and I built electronics.
I had been building electronic musical instruments since I was a kid.
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.
The point is that I don't design stuff for myself. I'm a toolmaker. I design things that other people want to use.
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.
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.
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.
The mini-Moog was conceived originally as a session musician's axe, something a guy could carry to the studio, do a gig and walk out.