Lecture: Malcolm Cecil (New York, 2013)

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Stevie Wonder’s personal synth guru talks tech on the couch at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy.

After playing bass in a series of ‘50s and ‘60s jazz bands, Malcolm Cecil was a founding member of Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated. But it was the possibilities provided by synthesizers that really excited him, and with Robert Margouleff he formed TONTO’s Expanding Head Band. The name was an acronym of an analog synth designed and built by Cecil himself. A dazzled Stevie Wonder instantly recruited Cecil and Margouleff to his cause, making them co-producers on Music in the Key of Life through to Fulfillingness’ First Finale. He also had long-standing relationships with the Isley Brothers and Gil Scott-Heron, as well as with Steve Hillage, Dave Mason, Quincy Jones, and many others.

For more lectures from the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York, visit redbullmusicacademy.com/lectures

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