London native Malcolm Cecil used his education in music and physics to develop TONTO, the largest multi-timbral polyphonic analog synthesizer. It all began with scribbles Cecil and Robert Margouleff scratched onto a tablecloth at a Chinese restaurant. These scribbles later became the most innovative real-time performing electronic music instrument of its time. When Stevie Wonder heard “Zero Time,” the duo’s first album as Tonto’s Exploding Head, he came looking for the synthesizer inventors to help him bring to life the sounds swirling in his head.
Cecil will play selections from 1971’s “Zero Time” and 1981’s “Radiance” accompanied by architecturally mapped analog visuals by J.J. Stratford and Stephi Duckula. Cool Maritime and Yialmelic Frequencies open the night.