Geek Of The Week: Gil Trythall

Geek Of The Week: Gil Trythall

Tennessee native Gilbert, or Gil, Trythall has been studying and composing music since he was a teenager. The classically trained musician graduated from Cornell University with a degree in music theory. He want on to teach music theory and composition at several US universities, but always had an interest in electronic music. In the 1970s, Trythall created a LP of country songs done completely on a Moog synthesizer. At the time, this was uncharted territory as country music was primarily made on string instruments.

countrymoog Geek Of The Week: Gil Trythall

Switched On Nashville, released in 1972, sold fairly well and Trythall recorded a follow up, Nashville Gold, just a year later. He also published a book about his findings called “Principles and Practice of Electronic Music.”┬áThese 3 things have made him a legend amongst electronic music geeks, but Trythall didn’t stop there, he released some of his original electronic compositions in 1980 and continued to compose music of the next 20 years or so. He even created a software program to help with ear training in the late 1990s. This is one accomplished music geek.

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