Berkeley- If you didn’t know already, Roger Linn is a God amongst men when it comes to electronic music. He’s probably best known for his invention of the LM-1 Drum Computer, the first programmable, sampled-sound drum machine in 1979. The LM-1 and its successors the LinnDrum and Linn9000 provided the drums for countless hit records during the 1980s by artists including Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Devo and Bruce Hornsby, and are considered a major influence on the music of the era.
In 1988, he designed the MPC60 for Akai, with his signature appearing on the product’s front panel. Combining a sampling drum machine with a real-time MIDI sequencer, this product gradually became the industry standard in the production of hip-hop, rap, dance and related music styles throughout the 1990s, and has been credited as a significant influence in the evoluation of hip hop music. This was followed in 1994 with the enhanced MPC3000 and others, and the MPC product line is still successful 20 years later.
Now it appears that he is taking on touch screen devices with the LinnStrument. The prototype (we need an iPad version of this application STAT!) he’s built consists of a multi-touch, pressure-sensitive, high-resolution USB touch surface from a company called TouchCo (which alas Amazon bought and put out of business), plus a Max/MSP patch written by Roger and his wife Ingrid, and an OSC/TUIO driver written by Tim Thompson.
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