Synth Guide: An Interactive Digital Narrative

John Gossick (Lafayette College)

Electronic music synthesizers are exemplars of the intersection of technology and music.  The Synth Guide project is an online, interactive, semi-linear narrative that examines the most popular electronic music synthesis technologies in their technological, musical, and commercial aspects in a Scalar book using TimelineJS and SoundCloud.  The project aims to familiarize readers with synthesizers by demystifying the workings of sound in electronic music synthesis and highlighting key trends in the commercial synthesizer market from its conception to its current state.

Johnny Gossick is a Junior Anthropology/Sociology and Music double major at Lafayette College.  He is an avid jazz musician, composer, and synthesist with interests in sound studies, electronic music technology, and its place within a larger cultural framework.


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