Artifact Details

Title

Oberheim, Tom (Thomas Elroy) oral history

Catalog Number

102746583

Type

Text

Date

2012-10-29

Contributor

Bochannek, Alex, Interviewer
Dennis, Eric, Videographer
Oberheim, Thomas E., Interviewee
Plutte, Jon, Director
Radzik, Gene, Interviewer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Dolby Laboratories Inc., San Francisco, California

Extent

19 p.

Description

In this oral history interivew, Tom discusses his childhood, growing up in Manhattan, Kansas, where he developed in interest in electronics by repairing and building hi-fi components for his friends. He then talks about relocating to Los Angeles, becoming a computer engineer, and beginning school at UCLA where he started taking music courses in addition to his computer engineering classes. Thanks to this combination, he was eventually asked to build a ring modulator, which eventually led him down the path of starting his own business: Oberheim Electronics. Tom then discusses his company, their products, and his re-emergence in the field in the 21st century.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Synthesizer; Sequencer; Oberheim Electronics; NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants); MIDI

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Lot Number

X6701.2013