Doug Lynner Biography

Doug Lynner performs, composes and records using vintage and contemporary analog modular synthesizers, digital and virtual synthesizers and traditional instruments. Of special note is Doug’s Mystery Serge, an amazingly versatile analog modular synthesizer designed by West Coast synthesizer pioneer, Serge Tcherepnin.

Created in 1975, the Mystery Serge has been painstakingly conserved and upgraded and stands more than well in comparison to contemporary analog modular synthesizers. Its unique design gave rise to “patch programmability,” the ability to reconfigure a single module for many different uses by patching it differently.

Doug Lynner’s music is based upon the notion of “sound for sound’s sake.” He explores the intrinsic value of sound through mixtures of ambient, avant-garde, rhythmic and soundscape genres. Listeners say:


“Beautiful work, first thing I’ve listened to today and it left me feeling enriched, revitalized and invigorated.”

“Love this sound, like a dream…. very meditative!”

“This instrument has a gorgeous sound. It deserves to be honored with such a nice piece.”

“Wow. Just absolute wow.”


Doug received a BFA in Music Composition from the California Institute of the Arts where his mentors were Morton Subotnick, Harold Budd, James Tenney, Leonid Hambro and Nicholas England. There he was deeply immersed in music technology and compositional processes as well as being instructed in world music genres such as south Indian flute, Gamelan Orchestra and Pigmy and Bushmen rhythmic singing and playing.

Doug Lynner was the editor and publisher of Synapse Magazine, the first electronic music magazine. In that capacity he has interviewed or edited the interviews of synthesizer and electronic music greats like Kraftwerk, Tom Oberheim, Roger Powell, Todd Rundgren, Bob Moog, Steve Hillage, Gary Wright, Malcolm Cecil, Bob Easton, Tangerine Dream, Bernie Krause, Robert Fripp, Patrick Moraz, Larry Fast, Brian Eno, Frank Zappa, Allan Strange, Devo, Don Preston, Tomita, Stockhausen, Jan Hammer, Timo Laine, Edgar Froese and Jean-Claude Rissett.

In addition to his avant-garde, experimental composition and music journalism, Doug is a pioneer in live rock performance with synthesizers and a founding member of the synthpop recording acts LEM, Mobius and Invisible Zoo. He is a radio host on KZSU 90.1 FM Stanford with his weekly show, Bllop&Quack with R Duck. He also volunteers with the local music therapy group Strumming For Vets.

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