summa you might be interested in this... esp. the synth-heads.. Subject: [awizard] RIP Everett Hafner I posted this earlier today to an analogue synthesizer mail list I belong to. But there is a Todd Rundgren connection here also. EMSA helped M. Frog (Jean Yves Labat) with his multiple Synthi AKS rig. Jean Yves used an EMS PVC (pitch to voltage converter) for many of the sounds on AWATS. Also, Todd used an EMS VCS3 (also known as a Putney) on many records. You can see the device on the right-hand side of the S/A inner cover. Most of the sound in "Breathless" was made on this machine. TR also used a Synthi Hi-Fli guitar synth on the early Utopia gigs. Finally, Everett agreed to loan TR the EMS Vocoder 3000 at no cost for the Oops, Wrong Planet sessions. I would not be on this list today or have discovered TR without the influence of Everett. So as 1998 ends, I think of all the people I have known who died this year. And I am sad but also inspired. Everett was at least in his late 70s but was still active and involved. If you have to go, going down while pursuing your dream of flying doesn't seem so awful. Sure beats my Father-in-Laws slow decline into Alzheimer's and Parkinson's in a nursing home. I suspect he will not be here next year at this time and I dearly love him and already miss him. My post: I was informed last night that Prof. Everett Hafner died in a small plane crash last August 2nd in Western MA. Everett was the founder and owner of EMSA, the US distributor for EMS products in the 1970s. EMSA also sold Moog and ARP equipment, the primary market being colleges and High Schools. Many of us who first discovered analog synthesis via school music labs have used equipment sold by Prof. Hafner. In 1977 I quit my job as a school teacher and moved to Northampton MA in order to work with Everett in EMSA. Never a profitable venture, we just scraped by for a long time. In the office we had many Synthi AKS's, Revox tape machines, a Moog 35 and 2 Moog 15s, a custom built Oberheim 8 Voice, various ARPs, and a piano. Everett hosted a weekly local NPR show on electronic music. He traveled extensively offering classes in synthesis at various schools. He was also a Physics professor at Hampshire College and the first Dean of the School of Natural Sciences there. I corresponded with him via email the last several years, he had retired, opened a bed & breakfast in the countryside, went back to UMASS and obtained a doctorate in music theory, and realized his life-long dream of getting a pilots license. He composed much music and was often involved in exploring micro-tonal scales. An eccentric man, he sometimes angered customers with his business approach. However, he was a true friend and mentor to me.