Suzanne Ciani

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Suzanne Ciani
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Gender Female
Born 1946-06-04
Birth Place Indiana, U.S.
Nationality American   USA.svg

Suzanne Ciani is an American musician, sound designer, composer, and record label executive who found early success in the 1970s, with her electronic music and sound effects for films and television commercials. Her career has included works with quadraphonic sound. She has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album five times. Her success with electronic music has her dubbed "Diva of the Diode" and "America's first female synth hero".

At Midway Games, she composed the music and performed all of the voices for pinball Xenon.

Audio Development

Suzanne’s popularity in sound design reached another milestone in 1979. She was the first female keyboardist to be featured on the front cover of Keyboard Magazine. During that year, another “first” for Suzanne was about to unfold. Coin-operated arcade game manufacturer Bally Entertainment hired Suzanne to produce sound effects and music for their “sexy new pinball game”, Xenon.

Suzanne spent some research time at an arcade to come up with an approach that would make Bally’s new game unique. She couldn’t help noticing the reactions of players while playing the pinball machines. She presented to Bally the idea of making the new pinball game react back to the player. Her voice and music (that she composed especially for the game) were first recorded at the Ciani/Musica studio. Next, her music and sound data were encoded into a special computer voice chip and a music chip.


Released Title Sample
1980-11-?? Xenon (PBL)

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