Re: Modular Analog

Subject: Re: Modular Analog
From: lawrence casserley (
Date: Sat Mar 19 2005 - 15:32:45 EST

On 19 Mar, 2005, at 18:50, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz wrote:

> At 06:34 PM 3/19/05 +0000, lawrence casserley wrote:
>> The remarks about this at the end are curious in this regard. You
>> mention the Putney, but seem unaware that this was indeed the British
>> original.
> Ionic sold the Putney VCS3 as if it were their own -- you'll see the
> book
> "Electronic Music for the Seventies" in which Alfred Mayer makes no
> mention
> of it not being his. There is no credit in the book to EMS. The units
> I saw
> there actually looked like duplicates of the VCS3, and may have been.
> This
> apparently got them into trouble. After that came the Performer, with
> the
> new interface and additions.

I know they had a US distributor, but didn't know the name. I also have
a vague memory of some "difficulty", but I can't recall exactly. While
I knew Tristram Cary well (as my teacher), and also Peter Zinoviev and
David Cockerell (less well), I wasn't privy to the affairs of the
company. This could well be what the problem was. I can't recall ever
seeing a copy of "Electronic Music for the Seventies", but I do
recognise that cover somehow.
> Since I've never since been able to reach Alfred Mayer or his son
> (whose
> name could have been Steve, but it's been 30-plus years), I don't have
> the
> real story.

Yes, it would be interesting to know what really happened. Maybe
Tristram Cary could tell us (at least from the EMS point of view). Joel
Chadabe has been pretty good at digging out bits of history, but there
is no mention of Ionic or Mayer in the index to his book.



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