Electro-acoustic wizard dies at 90

Electro-acoustic wizard dies at 90


norman lebrecht

December 15, 2022

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.


  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    One of the most respected pioneers of his time. He will be missed, but remembered for generations.

  • gareth says:

    Rest in bleep