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Invisible Jukebox: Mark Mothersbaugh

May 2009

Hear Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh in conversation

Listen to audio clips from Richard Henderson's Invisible Jukebox interview with Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh. You can read the full transcript here

During the Raymond Scott segment, Mark Mothersbaugh and Richard Henderson make several references to Robert Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil, as well as to something called T.O.N.T.O.. The former were early ‘70s synth programmers for the likes of Stevie Wonder (they have a credit on Wonder’s Talking Book LP) They had a band called Tonto's Expanding Head Band. In that context they used a unique synth, T.O.N.T.O., an acronym for "The Original New Timbral Orchestra": the world's first (and still the largest) multitimbral polyphonic analog synthesizer, designed and constructed by Malcolm Cecil. T.O.N.T.O. resided in the basement of Mutato Muzika for several years, next to Raymond Scott’s Electronium (the self-generating synth of Scott’s own invention, first funded by Berry Gordy of Motown), and many other vintage bits of electronic gear.

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