"TONTO" INVENTOR MALCOLM CECIL DIES AT 84

Apr 05, 2021

By Andy Johnson

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He’s considered one of the fathers of the device that synthesizes music.

Malcolm Cecil’s massive pioneering synthesizer, was known as TONTO.  That stood for “The Original New Timbral Orchestra.”

Cecil was a British-born bassist who is credited with revolutionizing electronic music with the development of his huge analog synthesizer in 1971.

The sounds created were embraced by Stevie Wonder on his 1973 classic album, “Innervisions” and are obvious in the song “Higher Ground.”

Cecil died yesterday in a hospital in New York.  The cause had not yet been determined.

Malcolm Cecil was 84.

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