Bright Sparks: Gforce Software dedicates a documentation to the synth pioneer Tom Oberheim

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Gforce Software dedicates a new chapter of their stunning Synthesizer documentary Bright Sparks to the synth pioneer Tom Oberheim. 

Dave Spier’s company Gforce Software is known to many for their high-quality Synthesizer emulation like the OB-E, Imposcar 2… but also for their very authentic sample-based instruments like the M-Tron Pro or VSM. With each release, the developers attach great importance to highlighting the developer of the original device.

In their Bright Sparks documentary they go one step further and celebrate these synth pioneers and show what makes them legendary. Dave Spiers and his team dedicates a new Bright Sparks chapter to the synth pioneer Tom Oberheim, developer of mighty analog synths (SEM, OB-8, Xpander, Matrix 12…) and drum machines (DMX…).

Tom Oberheim

According to Gforce Software, it wasn’t possible to include Tom Oberheim at the time of the initial production of the documentation (2015). But the good news is that GS finally get the chance to interview Tom O and publish a Oberheim special.

I can only recommend watching this new chapter. It shows the story of one of the most important Synthesizer pioneers. It reveals many unknown stories and gives a detailed overview of his work. And not retold but from the mouth of the pioneer Tom Oberheim himself. A stunning piece of history of electronic music to watch from the sofa. Don’t miss it. In the case, you didn’t see Bright Sparks yet, here is the complete synth documentation in two parts to look up.


Bright Sparks was originally recreated to complement the I Monster album of the same name, and has been freely available via the GForce Software TV YouTube channel since February 2021. Bright Sparks documents the human stories of eight (now nine) musical instrument pioneers, – Robert Moog (Moog), Alan R Pearlman (ARP), Don Buchla (Buchla), Harry Chamberlin (Chamberlin), The Bradley Brothers (Mellotronics), Adrian Wagner (Electronic Dream Plant), Peter Zinovieff (EMS), Ken Freeman (Freeman String Symphonizer), and now… Tom Oberheim.

More information here: Gforce Software

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