Two giants of music left us this year. Malcolm Cecil invented TONTO - the analogue synthesiser that drove Stevie Wonder's early 70s string of hit albums. Malcolm's creation brought all the early synths together, creating incredible new sounds and possibilities.
And we remember Rupert Neve - the father of the modern recording studio. Rupert brought the best of new and emerging technologies to solve the challenges that emerged in the early rock and pop era. The Neve mixing console at Sound City studios in Los Angeles is responsible for more than 100 gold or platinum albums, including Fleetwood Mac's self-titled 1975 breakthrough.
Listen to the story of Malcolm and Rupert.
Richard is a writer, podcaster, radio and TV broadcaster, an editor, and a lover of music. He tells the stories of how great songs are made, and of the people who make them.