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    Electronic music pioneer Don Lewis dies, aged 81

    Don Lewis, the pioneering electronic music composer, musician and synth creator, has died aged 81. News of the artist’s passing on Sunday (6th November) was shared with Pitchfork.

    Born in Dayton, Ohio on 26th March 1941, Lewis studied electronic engineering at the Tuskegee Institute before going on to serve in the Air Force as a Nuclear Weapons Specialist in Denver, Colorado. He later moved to Los Angeles and in 1981, settled in Pleasanton, in California’s East Bay suburbs. 

    In the mid-1970s, he began making a name for himself in the synthesizer world with his ‘Live Electronic Orchestra’ (LEO) custom multi-synth rig – a precursor to the invention of MIDI in 1983. He created voices for the iconic Yamaha DX7, among other…

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