Bob Boilen

Synclavier II Composer: Laser Dance; Light Suite (Laser Dance without Laser)

Bob Boilen is a self-taught musician who began working with analog synthesizers in 1979.  He built a serge Modular Synthesizer in 1980 which was invorporated into various type of performance such as theater, dance, rock, and improvisation.  In 1981 he was invited to work on the Synclavier II, the most advanced digital synthesizer to date.  He has created compositions for the Smithsonina Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Impossible Theatre in Baltimore and composer for music for several dance companies in Washington, DC. Tiny Desk Unit was a psychedelic dance band playing around Washington DC from 1979 to 1981. Bob Boilen was the director of the NPR show, All Things Considered (1989-2007).