Peter Zinovieff was the pioneering inventor who designed some of the first commercially available music synthesiser systems, as used by bands including Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Who and The Chemical Brothers.Zinovieff, who has died aged 88, was once admiringly described by Jon Lord, the keyboardist of Deep Purple, as “a true mad professor type”. Peter Zinovieff was born in 1933 in Fulham, London, as the son of aristocratic Russian immigrants, Leo and Sofka Zinovieff. He was educated at Guildford Royal Grammar School and Gordonstourn, going on to read geology at Oxford University.From the late 1950s onwards Zinovieff had experimented...
Peter Zinovieff, electronic music composer who built one of the first mass-market synthesisers – obituary
Peter Zinovieff, who has died aged 88, was born into a family of exiled Russian aristocrats, but made his name as a maverick pioneer and composer of electronic music, and co-inventor of the VCS-3, one of the first commercial portable synthesisers; it achieved cult status and, with its siblings, shaped the course of electronic music in the 1970s.
Highly influential composer and synthesizer creator Peter Zinovieff has passed away at the age of 88 after suffering a fall at his home. Zinovieff created the company Electronic Music Studios (EMS), one of the first outfits to bring synthesizers to the public. The marketing slogan “think of a sound—now make it” was the idea behind the synths produced by EMS, who crafted products such as the portable VCS3 and Synthi A. Both instruments were used by iconic musicians such as Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Beatles, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre, and many more.
It’s a tough moment for a whole generation in electronic music history. This weekend claimed the British legend Peter Zinovieff – deserving a look back at him and EMS and the VCS3. At top: Matrixsynth found this image of Zinovieff in the (glorious, it seems) EMS Musikmesse booth, and maybe...
The synthesiser pioneer Peter Zinovieff has died, aged 88. According to a report in The Guardian, the Russian-British founder of benchmark-setting brand EMS suffered a fall in his Cambridge, UK home, earlier this month and had been hospitalised for ten days. Iconic equipment including the VCS3, Synthi AKS and Synthi...
Peter Zinovieff, the legendary British musician and engineer who helped to create the iconic EMS VCS3 synth, has died at the age of 88. The Guardian reports that he suffered a fall at his home earlier this month. The son of Russian aristocrats, Zinovieff was born in 1933 and studied...
Peter Zinovieff, the Russian-British founder of EMS, the synthesizer company famous for the VCS3, Synthi AKS and Synthi 100, has died aged 88. According to composer James Gardner, and reported by The Guardian, the electronic music pioneer suffered a fall at his home in Cambridge earlier in June and had been in hospital for 10 days.
Peter Zinovieff, the British composer and synthesizer pioneer who co-founded the electronic instrument company EMS, has died, as The Guardian reports. He was 88 years old. Born in 1933, Zinovieff attended Oxford had a prior career as a geologist before deciding to become an electronic musiciana in the 1960s, at a moment when the burgeoning technology had only just begun to hint at the possibilities. He was a member of the collective Unit Delta Plus alongside BBC Radiophonic Workshop legend Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson, famously working with them and Paul McCartney on the rare unreleased Beatles piece Carnival of Light in 1967.
Peter Zinovieff, the British composer and pioneer of the synthesiser, has died aged 88. As revealed by composer James Gardner and reported by the Guardian, the artist had suffered a fall at his home earlier this month and been in hospital for 10 days. With a heavy heart, I am...
Zinovieff has been described as “Britain’s Bob Moog.” Along with Tristram Cary and David Cockerell, he founded Electronic Music Studios (EMS) in 1969, one of the first synthesizer companies. While EMS pioneered the use of a wide range of technologies in electronic instruments, it is probably best known for creating...