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Signal Flow

Interactive toys that teach how synthesizers turn electricity into sounds

When I was a kid, I couldn’t stop dancing to Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” At puberty, nothing got me like Nine Inch Nails song “Wish.” Now, I tear up every time LCD Soundsystem “Someone Great” comes on. These three songs have more in common than fuzzy nostalgia. They all rely on machines that shaped the sound of modern music: synthesizers.

For more than three decades, synths have dominated popular music. Do you know how they work? I didn’t, and I was a music journalist. I dug deep into what synths are and how they work, and distilled my findings into an experience called Signal Flow. Using a series of interactive toys, Signal Flow teaches you how synths turn electricity into sounds.