Geek Of The Week: Richard Lainhart

Geek Of The Week: Richard Lainhart

Richard Lainhart was a musician, composer, and filmmaker. Like several previous GOTWs including Morton Subotnick, Lori Napoleon, and Trent Reznor, Lainhart focused on electronic musical instruments, though he did play several string instruments as well. He recorded his first full album in 1987 and the music was considered to be jazz by some enthusiasts and new age by others. Needless to say, it was avant garde. He often performed with synthesizers developed and built by Don Buchla (another former GOTW).

Over the course of his 24 year career, Lainhart recorded 7 studio albums and contributed to a number of compilation albums. He also delved into the world of filmmaking producing several short films for various film festivals. Unfortunately, this creative soul passed away in 2011 due to complications from intestinal cancer. He was 56 years old. We posthumously award Richard Lainhart our GOTW honors.

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avatar KALE: A geek who works in the IT Security field and lives in Dallas, TX. He is also a music geek who has played in several local bands. Previous to his IT career, Kale worked as a photojournalist. He brings technical advice and artistic counterpoint to the podcast.