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Mr Powell, for most of his music and with utopia and todd, even when he'd
use what appeared to be a factory made synth (even before midi) had
modified the keyboard to provide way more control than midi using a digital
bus of his own design running the cable to a software synths of his own
though texture was cryptic, it was brilliant and way way more versatile
anything in it's time.
This is a really really creative and brilliant man.
As and aside: Utopia at the Greek theater in berkeley 1979, the band
switched instruments moving each song, cycling through all of them.
Unforgettably cool thing to do.
on 3/11/03 9:36 AM, Catilyne at email@example.com wrote:
> At 01:41 PM 3/10/2003 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>> Roger Powell from Utopia heads the Finalcut Pro team at Apple? Will
>> wonders never cease. Didn't Todd have something to do with the
> Powell working on Finalcut Pro doesn't surprise me. If I remember
> correctly, he was one of the first Pop artists (along with Larry Fast) to
> evangelize digital synthesis/sequencing. This was during the 70's --
> before anyone had even conceived of MIDI, much less adding a computer to
> the mix. He's always been a major hexhead.
> As for Rundgren, you're correct: he was heavily involved with the
> although I don't recall if it were from a design standpoint or merely as
> alpha-tester. However, he is credited with producing some of the first
> music videos using computer animation, and these were done exclusively on
> the Video Toaster.
> "i want to reach my hand into the dark and *feel* what reaches back"