Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Electric synthesizer's impact on music is topic of Nov. 28 talk

The electric music synthesizer and its impact on popular music will be the topic of a free public lecture atStetsonUniversity by Cornell University Professor Dr. Trevor Pinch, this year’s Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar at Stetson.

The lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, in the Feasel Rehearsal Hall inside Mary B. McMahan Hall,417 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. The title is “In the Moog: The history and impact of the Electronic Music Synthesizer.”

“New musical instruments rarely come along – the electronic music synthesizer is one such instrument,” said Pinch, professor of science and technology studies and of sociology at Cornell. “Why is this and what does it take to innovate a new instrument? In this lecture, I will discuss Bob Moog’s invention of the synthesizer in the 1960s and its impact on popular music.”

The lecture will be accompanied by pictures from the period, and Pinch will play musical clips by artists such as the Beatles.

Pinch has taught at Cornell, inIthaca,N.Y., since 1990, and before that at universities in theUnited Kingdom. He has been a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science inBerlin,Germany. He earned his doctorate from theUniversityofBathin theUnited Kingdom.

He is best known for his contributions toward understanding the social nature of science and technology and for founding the theory, the social construction of technology (SCOT). He has co-authored a series of books about science, technology and medicine: The Golem: What Everyone Should Know About Science (Merton Prize, American Sociological Association); The Golem at Large; and Dr. Golem. He is also the co-author of Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer, the co-editor of Living in a Material World: Economic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies, and the founding editor of a book series Inside Technology.

Pinch’s current research focuses on product reviewing processes and online communities. For the past year, he has performed on the Moog synthesizer in the electronic duo, The Electric Golem.

As the Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar, Pinch will spend two days guest-teaching in digital arts, music technology and Darwinism and the Divine classes at Stetson and meet with Phi Beta Kappa student and faculty members, in addition to giving the public lecture.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honor society. Chartered in 1982, the Stetson chapter was the first Phi Beta Kappa chapter established at a private university inFlorida. Invitation to membership is a reflection of outstanding achievement, and only 10 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters.

Membership to Stetson students is granted annually to the top 10 percent of the junior and senior classes, based on grade-point average and other criteria, in the College of Arts & Sciences

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