The History of the Synthesizer featuring Roger O’Donnell
by IAN_ORTI on Jan 18, 2012
When Joe Meek recorded the 1962 hit, “Telstar” with his band The Tornados, he used the distorted tape recording of a toilet flushing in his house to recreate what he believed to be the sound of outer space, which was then used in the intro of the song. The rest of the song was played on a Clavioline, the electronic cousin of the piano. Who knows what a paranoid genius like Joe Meek would have done had he lived just a few more years to experience the instrument that would basically change the world of sound as we know it.
Helping iCrates tell the story of the synthesizer is none other than Roger O’Donnell of The Cure, who not only used, but had a hand in designing one of the most iconic synthesizers around.