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Oct 11, 2020

Ned Lagin is legendary. As a former performer with the Grateful Dead, he toured with a crazy rig that featured both standard keyboards as well as an E-mu modular controlled by a computer system. During the early 70’s ( Yeah.

He also produced an amazing work, called Seastones, that is a ground-breaking electronic music collection. Unfortunately, it fell between the cracks of some label flip-flopping, and never received the attention it deserved. Featuring guest spots by some amazing collaborators (including Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, David Crosby and Grace Slick), the album has been reissued as a CD by Ned (, and on vinyl by Important Records.

In this first of two interview sessions, we discuss his work, his background and the various technologies that he employed (and in some cases had to invent) in order to play and produce his musical work. We also talk about the many people that influenced him, and the twists and turns of his musical – and technological – journey.

You can learn more about All Things Ned Lagin on the Spiritcats website (, and about the vinyl release of Seastones on the Important Records website (


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