Peter Zinovieff

Peter Zinovieff: Composer and electronic music pioneer

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...
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Legendary Synth Creator and Composer Peter Zinovieff Dead at 88

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.

Peter Zinovieff, UK synth pioneer and EMS co-founder, has died

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...

Synthesiser pioneer Peter Zinovieff dies, aged 88

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...

EMS founder Peter Zinovieff, maker of the Synthi and VCS3, dies aged 88

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, British Synth Pioneer, Dies at 88

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.

Synthesiser pioneer and composer Peter Zinovieff dies aged 88

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...

EMS Founder Peter Zinovieff Has Died

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...