Richard Lainhart, a pioneer of modern modular synthesis, died Dec 30th, 2011, from a post-operational infection.
Lainhart had a classical education in composition and electronic music and created works in both audio and visual media. He was an advernturous synthesist, often performing with a Buchla 200e modular synthesizer and Haken Continuum controller.
Lainhart’s wive, Caroline Meyers, shared the sad news:
Dear friends of Richard,
It is with a heavy heart that I that I must tell you Richard Lainhart, composer, musician, technologist, filmmaker, and digital artisan died Friday, December 30, 2011.
On December 17, Richard complained of pains in his side and was admitted to the hospital for tests which showed an intestinal cancer. He was operated on on December 21. After the surgery (which showed the cancer had not spread), there were infectious complications which took his life on December 30.
He struggled valiantly to overcome his infection, but it was not to be. We are all in shock and cannot grasp the idea of his not making music, talking music, teaching, posting and playing.
Here’s a combination audio & video performance by Lainhart from 2009, featuring work for high-definition film projection and synthesizer in quadraphonic sound. Lainhart performed with his Buchla 200e modular analog synthesizer, controlled by the Haken Continuum Fingerboard.
Richard Lainhart at the Arts Center of Capital Region, Pt 2:
Lainhart was also a talented music educator. Here’s a sample of his course on Advanced Synthesis for Mac Pro Video:
See Lainhart’s site for more information on his work and a discography of his recordings.