Patrick Gleeson (born November 9, 1934) is a musician, synthesizer pioneer, composer, producer and engineer, from California, USA.
Gleeson began experimenting with electronic music in the mid-'60s at the San Francisco Tape Music Center using a Buchla synth and other devices. In 1968, upon hearing Wendy Carlos' Switched-On Bach, he bought a Moog synthesizer and opened Different Fur Recording in San Francisco. which had its 50th anniversary in 2018. Gleeson has said, It was just this little one room studio in the Mission but somehow it became an institution, responsible for many ground-breaking albums and film scores, including Herbie Hancock's Headhunters and Sextant, Brian Eno and David Byrne's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and Apocalypse Now (where Gleeson led the team of synthesists that created the score).
When I first heard what Patrick had done (on Crossings) it blew me away. There had never been anything like
it. Herbie Hancock.
Where would electronic music be today without Patrick Gleeson,? Derek Opperman, writing for Red Bull
Gleeson's work in jazz has also been written about extensively in Possibilities, Herbie Hancock; You'll Know
When You Get There, Bob Gluck and HeadHunters: The Making of Jazz's First Platinum Album, Steven Pond.