Electro-acoustic wizard dies at 90RIP
The American composer Herbert Deutsch who co-invented the synthesiser with Robert Moog has died in New York, outliving his fellow-visionary by 17 years.
Deutsch worked first on a theremin prototype before creating the keyboard interface of the Moog synthesiser.
He composed and the first piece for the Moog – “Jazz Images – A Worksong and Blues” – and gave premiere performances with the device, which made him neither rich nor famous. But he played, in his own estimation, ‘an important part of the history of music.’
He taught f electronic music and composition at Hofstra University until the month of his death.