Mar 10, 2019
Now that the podcast has been running for five years, I'm seeing that some of our earlier interviews have been doing great new things - and so have I. We've settled on a format that brings out great questions, but I didn't quite have my ideas in order 'back then', so some of the details were missing. Time to rectify that!
Dan Nigrin (episode #2!) is one of my favorite people in the music tech world - primarily because he only does what he wants. He has an incredibly important day-gig, so music and music tech is there for him when he wants to relax. And how does he relax? He creates crazy sequencers and decodes old tape and sysex dump specs.
From the MC-202 (which has been coming up a lot lately...), through the Oberheim DSX and now to the Ensoniq Fizmo, Dan takes on the improbably projects in the same way that some people take on the New York Times Crossword. He's into it, spends countless hours, and takes great pride in cracking the codes along the way.
In our chat, we get into his background, how he got pulled into music and synthesizers - and programming. We also dig into some of the details of his work and ideas he has for the future. All-in-all, a great catch-up with a great cat.