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The years from 1975-85 saw electronic music realize the promise of the previous decades as monophonic voltage controlled synthesizers evolved into the polyphonic, multi-timbral music workstations of today.  The pages of Polyphony magazine documented this time of great change with innovative DIY and theory articles, interviews with the artists and engineers who helped shape the future and much more.

There are a limited number of copies of less than 20 issues of Polyphony remaining, far too few to continue offering a complete set at a reduced price.  Following is a list of back issues that are still available.

Polyphony Back Issues

#0204:  April ’76:  Music Notation (Timing), External Inputs for Gnome, Programmable Drums, Equally Tempered D/A, Low-cost AR Project, Digitally Encoding Keyboards, Patches, Vol. 1 & 2 Index.

#0301:  July ’77:  Frequency Divider Project, Random Tone Generator Project, Normalizing Synthesizer Controls, Eliminating Patch Cords, Computer Control of Analog Modules, Chord Egg.

#0303:  February ’78:  Computer Controlled Gnome, Using Joysticks, Build a Bionic Trumpet, Ultra-VCO Modifications, Voltage Control the Mu-Tron Pi-Phase, Oral Joystick, Patches.

#0304:  April/May ’78:  Minimoog mods, Non-keyboard Module Use, Phasing and Flanging (theory and circuits), Memory Expansion for Programmable Drums, Digitally Addressed Transposer, Polyphonic Software.

#0402:  Sept/Oct ’78:  Electronic Music Notation, Notes on the Recording of “Cords” by Larry Fast, Sequencer Software – Part One, Rhythmic Control of Analog Sequencers, Touch Switch Projects, Modular Vocoder Techniques, PET as a Music Controller, Patches.

#0501:  May-June ’79:  Using Click Tracks, PET Music Software, Clockable Sample/Hold and Noise Source Project, Voice Processing Patches, VCF Circuits, Profile of John Cage, Linear DAC.

#0601:  May-June ’80:  Gary Numan, Microcomputers in Real Time Audio, Build a Digital Audio Delay Line, Writing Documentation, Richard Hayman/Performer Home Recording, Applying Harmonizing and Pitch Transposing Techniques by Craig Anderton.

#0602:  July-Aug ’80:  Peter Gabriel, Digital VCO Project, Dream Modules, Optimum Level Settings, Dynamic Phrasing, Patches.

#0604:  Jan-Feb ’81:  Special Construction Edition; Build: Audio Circuit Breaker, Pulse Width Multiplier, Magnetic Harp, 50 Watt/Channel Stereo Power Amp, Quad Sequential Switch, DOD Mods, Patches.

#0606:  May-June ’81:  Synthesizer: Hardware Mods and Software. Modular Synthesizer Effects, Environmental Music, Keyboard Assignment for the 8700, New Columns: Details — Practical Circuitry, and, On Location, Vol. 6 index.

#0701:  July-August ’81:  Guitar Electronics, Modify, Fender Amp, MXR Phase 100, GR-500, Input/Output Structures, $5 Analog Programmer, Sample and Hold Technique, Modular Synthesizer Effects, New Column:  Applied Synthesis — Marketing Your Records.

#0703:  Nov-Dec ’81:  Dave Rossum Interview, Applied Synthesis — Strings, Details — Series-Parallel/Sum-Difference, The Sound Gizmo and Pro-One Reviews, Practical Circuitry:  VCO Deluxe.

#0704:  Jan-Feb ’82:  Bob Moog Interview, Chip Power – STK- 050/070, Simple Square Wave Shaper, Tape Timer Ruler, Practical Circuitry:  VCAs Made Simple, Details:  Gozinda and Gozouta Revisited, Korg Trident & Casiotone 202 Reviews.

#0706:  May-August ’82:  Anatomy of a Private Record, Don Slepian Interview, Understanding Digital Synthesizers: A Digital Filter, Syn-Bow Review, Optical Audio, Profiles of SSM 2033 & 2044, The PAL Filter, Bill Rhodes Applied Synthesis: Bells, Pipe Organ, Harpsichord, Electronic Piano, The Realistic MG-1 reviewed.

#0801:  Sept-Oct ’82:  Ambience in Electronic Music, Tone Bypass for Fender Amps, 8 Track Reviews, Parametric EQ Tips, Solo/Cut Circuit for TASCAM Model 3, The SSM 2011, Tube Preamp, Snare+ Drum Voice Circuit, Triple Pick-Up Switcher, Simulated Stereo, When Quality Record Mfg. Counts, Independent Record Mfg. Convention Report.

#0806:  Oct ’83:  Larry Fast Interview, Basic Film Scoring Math, Fostex X-15 Review, Build the Hip Bass Drum, Applied Synthesis: Orchestral Voicings Using the Tenth Interval.

#0902:  February ’84:  Commodore Music Software Review, Build a Just Intonation Generator, NE572 Noise Reduction Unit, 3D Video, Vocal Basics, Build a Quadrature Function Generator.

#0903:  April ’84: Remote MIDI Keyboard Project — Part One, Casio 202 Mods, Easy Firing ADSR, Low Budget Sequencers, Alternative Keyboard Designs, Winter ’84 NAMM Report.

#0904:  June ’84:  Wendy Carlos Interview, ’64 Sounds Part I, Fostex 2050 Review, Synthesizer Delay Line, DSX to Drumulator Adaptor.

#0906:  October ’84:  Commodore 64 Sounds Part III, Dr. Bohm Drum Review, Practical Circuitry:  Synthesizer Phase Shifter, Pick-Up Switching Tricks.

#1003:  June ’85:  FIRST ISSUE PUBLISHED UNDER NEW TITLE – ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN: Making MIDI work for You, Larry Fast’s “Studio Notes”, Build:  MIDI Switch Analog Sequencer, Video:  Tech Basics, SBX-80 Chroma Polaris reviews.

#1004:  Sept ’85:  SECOND ISSUE PUBLISHED UNDER NEW TITLE – ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN:  MIDI in the Studio, Laurie Anderson Interview,  Apple Graphics for Music Video, Speakers for Electronic Music.

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