Book Recommendation: The Prophet from Silicon Valley

The story of Sequential Circuits, the leading synthesizer manufacturer of the 1980s. One of the great American synthesizer companies, founded and led by San Francisco electronics and computer graduate, Dave Smith, Sequential Circuits Inc. paved the way for music of the future. Smith brought easy, affordable and powerful polyphonic synthesis to all levels of music production in the form of the ground-breaking Prophet-5 synthesizer.

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Released in 1978, the Prophet led the new wave movement into the next decade, creating a sonically exciting soundtrack to eighties culture. It expanded the palette of all music genres and was embraced by professionals and amateurs alike.

Particularly revealing is that map showing how many of the American synth companies were (and still are) concentrated in or around San Francisco: Sequential, EMU, Roger Linn Designs, Buchla, Tom Oberheim, SSM, CEM

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The book features many exclusive and highly entertaining and informative stories from ex-Sequential staff, music industry moguls, and famous keyboard players. Includes over 240 photos and illustrations (paperback).

Recommendable!

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“The Prophet from Silicon Valley – the complete story of Sequential Circuits”
David Abernethy, foreword by Dave Smith

AM Publishing New Zealand
ISBN number: 978-1512198324

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Prophet-Silicon-Valley-Complete-Sequential

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