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Doug Lynner
performs, composes and records using vintage and contemporary analog modular synthesizers, digital and virtual synthesizers and traditional instruments
Doug Lynner performs, composes and records using vintage and contemporary analog modular synthesizers, digital and virtual synthesizers and traditional instruments. Of special note is Doug's Mystery Serge, an amazingly versatile analog modular synthesizer designed by West Coast synthesizer pioneer, Serge Tcherepnin.

Created in 1975, the Mystery Serge has been painstakingly conserved and upgraded and stands more than well in comparison to contemporary analog modular synthesizers. Its unique design gave rise to "patch programmability", the ability to reconfigure a single module for many different uses by patching it differently.

Doug Lynner's music is based upon the notion of "sound for sound's sake. He explores the intrinsic value of sound through mixtures of ambient, avant garde, rhythmic and soundscape genres. Listeners say:

"Beautiful work, first thing I've listened to today and it left me feeling enriched, revitalised and invigorated."

"Love this sound, like a dream…. very meditative!"

"This instrument has a gorgeous sound. It deserves to be honored with such a nice piece."

"Wow. Just absolute wow."

Doug received a BFA in Music Composition from the California Institute of the Arts where his mentors were Morton Subotnick, Harold Budd, James Tenney, Leonid Hambro and Nicholas England. There he was deeply immersed in music technology and compositional processes as well as being instructed in world music genres such as south Indian flute, Gamelan Orchestra and Pigmy and Bushmen rhythmic singing and playing.

Doug Lynner was the editor and publisher of Synapse Magazine, the first electronic music magazine. In that capacity he has interviewed or edited the interviews of synthesizer and electronic music greats like Kraftwerk, Tom Oberheim, Roger Powell, Todd Rundgren, Bob Moog, Steve Hillage, Gary Wright, Malcolm Cecil, Bob Easton, Tangerine Dream, Bernie Krause, Robert Fripp, Patrick Moraz, Larry Fast, Brian Eno, Frank Zappa, Allan Strange, Devo, Don Preston, Tomita, Stockhausen, Jan Hammer, Timo Laine, Edgar Froese and Jean-Claude Rissett.

In addition to his avant garde, experimental composition and music journalism, Doug is a pioneer in live rock performance with synthesizers and a founding member of the synth pop recording acts LEM, Mobius and Invisible Zoo. He is a radio host on with his monthly show, Doug Lynner's World of Noise. He also volunteers with the local music therapy group Strumming For Vets.
Upcoming Events:

Sunday, November 18 2018 7:30 PM
SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
A night with ruth weiss
Born in Germany in 1928 and escaping fascist occupation from Austria in 1939, founder of jazz beat poetry, ruth weiss began experimenting with jazz and poetry in Chicago in 1948. Later she lead the series at The Cellar in San Francisco in 1956 that would propel her contemporaries Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and others to world wide recognition. In 1996 writer Barbara Knight helped to propel ruth onto the world stage with her book "Women of the Beat Generation: The Writers, Artists and Muses at the Heart of a Revolution"
Now at 90 years her unique invention is going strong throughout the world today. weiss spells her name in lowercase as such as a symbolic protest against "law and order," since in her birthplace of Germany all nouns are spelled capitalized.
She will perform a quartet set with Hal Davis - log, Doug O'Connor - double bass, Rent Romus - saxophones/flutes and a duo set with Doug Lynner - Mystery Serge Synth  More...