From the Kurzweil archives: Stevie Wonder playing the Kurzweil 250 in concert with George Michael and Diana Ross in 1988.
About Kurzweil Music Systems
Kurzweil Music Systems was founded in 1982 by Ray Kurzweil, who, at that time, had been working with Stevie Wonder on developing a reading machine for the blind. It was during their collaboration that the inspiration for a Kurzweil digital musical instrument was born.
In 1983 Kurzweil Music Systems (KMS) released the K250, which presented to the world the first successful attempt to realistically emulate the sound of a grand piano in a digital keyboard. Over the next 25+ years, KMS released in succession a series of digital keyboards that were considered to represent the pinnacle of music technology in their day, among them the K2000, the PC88x and K2500. As a testament to how far ahead of their time these instruments were, they are still commonly used and requested by high profile artists around the world.
The current offerings from KMS, which include the highly successful PC3 family, are used by some of the biggest names in the music industry: Andrew Lloyd Weber, Roger Waters, The Who, Earth Wind and Fire, The Boston Pops, Amanda Palmer, Billy Joel, and Paul McCartney, to name a few.
With a small R&D facility located 12 miles west of Boston, the KMS team still meets regularly with Ray Kurzweil, who now serves as a strategic consultant for the company. The full time staff includes hardware, software and sound engineers, most of whom are also professional or amateur musicians. KMS continues to build on its legacy as a major innovator in the music technology industry and moves forward today under the proven leadership of Hyundai Development Company.
December 23, 2010
Source: Kurzweil Music Systems — December 23, 2010
Kurzweil Music Systems is proud to announce the release of OS V2.0 for the PC3 line. Included are many new features and over 200 new presets, many of which are the result of direct input and feedback from our customers.
V2.0 demonstrates our continued focus on the concept of non-obsolescence by design and our commitment to our customers, which lasts long after a Kurzweil keyboard is purchased.
One… read more
January 20, 2010
Source: Kurzweil Music Systems — January 20, 2010 | Ray Kurzweil
Stevie Wonder and I presented together at a VIP reception for music industry executives at NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), the big annual musical instrument convention and trade show in Anaheim on January 15.
I shared some anecdotes from my 33 year friendship with Stevie and 25 year history of Kurzweil Music.
Stevie shared his thoughts about the same history, said some gracious things, and sang… read more
January 4, 2011
Source: Kurzweil Music Systems — January 4, 2011
Kurzweil Music Systems will be showing off a wide array of exciting new products at the 2011 NAMM show in Anaheim this year. With strong new additions to both our home and pro lines, we’re expecting even more traffic than we saw during last year’s successful show.
Kurzweil pro products will be shown at the large American Music and Sound booth, located in a prime spot on… read more
MusicRadar | NAMM 2010: Stevie Wonder joins Ray Kurzweil for synth launch, PC3K gets Motown legend’s blessing
January 20, 2010
Source: MusicRadar — January 18, 2010
25 years since the launch of Kurzweil’s K250 ground-breaking synthesizer, Stevie Wonder joined Ray Kurzweil for the launch of Kurzweil’s new flagship model, the PC3K. On Friday night, in a small suite at the Anaheim Hilton, an invited audience saw Kurzweil present Stevie with the new model who then enthralled the audience with an impromptu performance of two songs.
The PC3K keyboard expands the PC3 line to include key… read more
January 20, 2007
Source: Kurzweil Music Systems — January 20, 2007
Hyundai has appointed Ray Kurzweil as Chief Strategy Officer of Kurzweil Music Systems. Hyundai, one of the world’s largest corporations, plans to work with Ray Kurzweil to “build Kurzweil Music Systems into one of the largest music instruments brands in the world,” Kurzweil stated.
Kurzweil, who founded Kurzweil Music Systems, Inc. in 1982, will work with Kurzweil Music Systems management on technology strategy and will also be a primary… read more
Source: NPR Fresh Air — March 7, 2005 | Terry Gross
NPR | The RZA is one of the founding members of the kung-fu-meets-hip-hop group the Wu Tang Clan. He has also written film scores, including Kill Bill and Ghost Dog. Now he has turned his efforts to a new book, The Wu Tang Manual. The RZA is also known as the Abbot, Bobby Digital, Prince Dynamite and more. His birth name is Robert F. Diggs.… read more
Here are some new videos with Jon Carin, keyboardist for Roger Waters, currently on tour with Roger Waters: The Wall Live, using Kurzweil keyboards exclusively.
The first clip features John Teele (software department manager) and me (senior soundware engineer) on stage about 20 minutes before the show started. The next two clips are interviews with Jon Carin. I thought our readers might enjoy these!
— Dave… read more
Hyundai Development Company | Hyundai Development names Ray Kurzweil Chief Strategy Officer of Kurzweil Music
February 1, 2007
Hyundai Development Company has appointed Ray Kurzweil as Chief Strategy Officer of Kurzweil Music. Hyundai Development, one of the world’s largest corporations, plans to work with Ray Kurzweil to “build Kurzweil Music into one of the largest music instruments brands in the world,” the company stated.
Kurzweil, who founded Kurzweil Music in 1982, will work with Kurzweil Music management on technology strategy and will also be a primary spokesperson… read more
January 5, 2012
August 13, 2009
The Kurzweil PC3 synthesizer was featured at The White House on stage with band Earth, Wind & Fire in a performance for President Barack Obama for the Governors’ Dinner, the first formal White House dinner hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on February 22,2009.
Kurzweil Music Systems | Kurzweil PC3K plays starring role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to Phantom of the Opera
March 18, 2010
Source: Kurzweil Music Systems — December 2009
Love Never Dies, a continuation of the epic story of The Phantom of the Opera, will open in London’s West End at the Adelphi Theatre in March of 2009, with Kurzweil’s new PC3K serving as a cornerstone of the musical production. Long a favorite of Broadway and stage productions worldwide, the Kurzweil K2600 had for years played a crucial role in both the
The story of Stevie Wonder’s technical challenge to Ray Kurzweil that ultimately motivates the inception of Kurzweil Music Systems.
Kurzweil Music Systems
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August 13, 2009
YouTube channel “Kurzweil Tutorials” is a great resource for fans of the Kurzweil Music Systems state of the art PC3x synthesizer. Put together by a KMS enthusiast, the channel showcases a wide range of tutorials. A great channel to bookmark. Click here to check it out.