Beloved by music nerds, the synthesizer keeps on evolving

Most acoustic musical instruments haven't changed in over 200 years, but electronic instruments continue to be upgraded. A look into whether synthesizers will ever stop evolving.

Synth synth evolution

The Moog 2 Model D: the classic '70s synthesizer (Ben Shannon/CBC)

Late last year, in Bristol, UK, musicians and enthusiasts gathered at Sonic State Live, and event that featured electronic music performances and talks.

Ben Shannon is CBC's Digital Art Director by day and vintage synthesizer collector by night (okay, he's also a LOT of other things too!) He travelled to Bristol to hear some of his synth heroes speak, but also to answer a nagging question for us: While most acoustic musical instruments haven't changed in over 200 years, why does the synth continue to evolve?

Click "listen" above to find out.


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