Mort Garson

Black and white image of Mort Garson controlling a large, modular synthesizer

Mort Garson was a Canadian-born composer, arranger, and electronic music pioneer. He was born on July 20, 1924, in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

Garson’s career spanned several decades and encompassed a wide range of musical genres, including jazz, pop, and classical music. His early days were spent writing and arranging music for pop singers in the 1950’s. His earliest success was when he wrote “Our Day Will Come” which became a huge hit for Ruby and The Romantics and has since been done by artists from Frankie Valli to Amy Winehouse. However, he is currently best known for his groundbreaking work in electronic music during the 1960s and 1970s.

One of Garson’s most famous albums is Mother Earth’s Plantasia, released in 1976. It was an experimental electronic album that was composed specifically for plants. The album gained renewed popularity in recent years and is often associated with the rise of ambient and new-age music. Mother Earth’s Plantasia became a cult classic and showcased Garson’s innovative use of synthesizers and electronic sounds.

Garson also contributed to the development and popularization of the Moog synthesizer, an iconic electronic instrument. He collaborated with Robert Moog, the inventor of the synthesizer, on several projects, and his compositions showcased the expressive capabilities of this groundbreaking technology.

In addition to his electronic music work, Garson had a fruitful career scoring music for film and television, including soundtracks for movies such as Didn’t You Hear? (1970) and Black Eye (1974). He also released albums under various pseudonyms, exploring different musical styles and concepts.

Garson’s contributions to electronic music and his forward-thinking approach to composition have influenced numerous artists and continue to inspire musicians to this day. His work remains an important part of the electronic music canon, and his pioneering efforts have helped shape the landscape of contemporary music.