Malcolm Cecil, the synthesizer pioneer and record producer, has died at age 84 after a long illness. He was 84.
With Robert Margouleff, Cecil created legendary modular synthesizer TONTO (The Original New Timbral Orchestra), which was the first attempt to create a universal language for synthesizers to communicate with each other. As the TONTO's Expanding Head Band, Cecil and Margouleff released two albums, including their landmark 1971 debut Zero Time which had musicians around the world wanting to work with them. Among them: Stevie Wonder who worked with them on some of his most acclaimed albums, including Innervisions, for which the duo won a Grammy.