Suzanne Ciani’s Buchla Concerts 1975 – The Feminine Alternative To ‘Silver Apples Of The Moon’

suzanne-ciani-buchla-concertsFinders Keepers has announced a new album by pioneering synthesist Suzanne Ciani, Buchla Concerts 1975, that they describe as ‘a distinctive feminine alternative to Silver Apples Of The Moon‘.

Here’s what they have to say about the album:

This record is a triumphant yardstick in the synthesiser space race and the untold story of the first woman on the proverbial moon. While pondering the early accolades of this record it’s daunting to learn that this record was in fact not a record at all… It was a manifesto and a gateway to a new world, that somehow never quite opened. If the unfamiliar, modernistic, melodic, pulses, tones and harmonics found on this 1975 live presentation/grant application/educational demonstration had been placed in a phonographic context alongside the promoted work of Morton Subotnick, Walter Carlos or Tomita then the name Suzanne Ciani and her influence would have already radically changed the shape, sound and gender of our record collections. Hopefully there is still chance.

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Novation Launches Contest For Launch Owners

Novation-Launch-RangeNovation has announced a contest for owners of their Launch- products, with a first prize of all-expenses paid trip to Berlin. The prize-winner’s trip comes bundled with a week-long course in Ableton Live and a club performance at the end of the trip.

One hundred runners-up will win a ProducerTech course (no travel required), and all contest entrants will receive a Loopmasters sample pack and an Ableton Live performance tutorial video.
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Hacking the Novation Launchpad Pro

Aaron Leese from Stagecraft Software has released this video about a new Novation Launchpad synth hack, which alters the layout of the Launchpad and, in his words, “makes it more playable” by quantizing the pads to be scales and arpeggios.

With the Novation Launchpad Pro, Novation has open sourced its “firmware”; Leese explains that “it’s not technically the firmware but an API that gives you enough low-level control to be dangerous (and not to yourself). We spent a long weekend hacking and came up with some promising results.”

This hack also has “mixer” mode, and “session” mode, which he says is “a lot like using Ableton [Live],” among others. A full product, in both plugin and standalone form, will be released in December.

Leese says the project is close to completed, but “we are still running a beta program so anyone who wants a free copy can get it this week.”
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