Mark Vail

Noah Vail Productions


Music journalist, author, teacher, and performer Mark Vail is the author of The Synthesizer: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument (2014), published by Oxford University Press and reviewed in Tape Op and Sound On Sound magazines, as well as Vintage Synthesizers (1993, 2000) and The Hammond Organ: Beauty in the B (1997, 2002), both from Backbeat Books. Click on the following links to download supplemental MIDI and audio files for Beauty in the B: 25 Hammond Licks You Must Know by Dave Amels; and Ernie Rideout’s Master Classes with Joey DeFrancesco, John Medeski, Larry Goldings, Mike Eppley, and Tony Z. Among Mark’s current projects are contributions to and the MMA.

Mark holds an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media (Mills College, Oakland, California, 1983), was a member of the editorial staff at Keyboard magazine from 1988 to 2001, and has written for Sound On Sound, Moog Music, Korg, and Roland.

He developed and taught a computer music curriculum based on Propellerhead Reason from 2003 to 2015.

Mark sings professionally with Christy, his wife of 33 years, and has performed live improvised electro-acoustic music with Palantir, Fourth Lord of Callendar, Media Blitz ’81, All to Noah Vail, and Within Shouting Distance of Reality.

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The Synthesizer

Beauty in the B

Vintage Synths