Tangerine Dream Documentary Announced

tangerine-dream-documentary TAG/TRAUM has announced plans for the first feature-length documentary about Edgar Froese & Tangerine Dream.

The film promises to include rare footage of Tangerine Dream; interviews with famous artists and collaborators, including Michael Mann, Volker Schloendorff, Brian May, Paul Brickman, Jean-Michel Jarre and Jim Rakete; and both current and former members of the band.

The filmmakers plan to fund production of the Tangerine Documentary via a Kickstarter project, which is expected to kick off May 1st. Continue reading

Eowave Ribbon Mk2 Now Available


Eowave has announced that their Ribbon 2 synthesizer & controller is now shipping.

The Ribbon 2 is a one-oscillator synth, played by placing your finger along the 4-octave ribbon. The Ribbon is pressure sensitive, translating pressure into volume.

The Ribbon can also be used as a USB controller with any MIDI software, and as a CV/gate controller. Continue reading

New Ultra-Low-Latency Interactive Audio Platform, Bela


Andrew McPherson of the Augmented Instruments Laboratory, C4DM let us know that they have launched a new Kickstarter project to fund the development of Bela – a high-performance, ultra-low-latency (< 1ms) platform for audio and sensor processing based on the BeagleBone Black. The project has already met its funding goal, with about a month left in its campaign.

The BeagleBone Black is a community-supported, open-hardware computing platform. Bela provides stereo audio, analogue and digital I/O in a single self-contained package. It combines the processing power of the BeagleBone Black embedded computer with the timing precision and connectivity of a microcontroller.

“I think this might interest Synthtopia (readers) for a variety of reasons,” says McPherson. “The submillisecond latency and audio-rate sensor processing means that digital instruments made with Bela can be faster and more responsive than instruments made on other embedded platforms. Also, the DC-coupled 16-bit analog inputs and outputs could be useful for CV controls.”

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading

Remidi T8 MIDI Glove Now Available Via Kickstarter Project


The Remidi T8 MIDI Glove is now available to backers via a Kickstarter project.

The Remidi T8 is composed of a sensor-loaded glove and a MIDI wrist controller that allows you to use your hand as a musical device, by combining sounds with your fingertips, palm and hand motions.

Here’s the official video overview: Continue reading

Music Thing Modular Axoloti Control Board


Music Things’ Tom Whitwell has introduced the Music Thing Modular Axoloti Control Board – an open source design that adds controls to the Axoloti digital signal processing platform.

Axoloti is an open platform. designed to let you create custom hardware synthesizers and audio processing systems. 

Here’s what Whitwell has to say about the new DIY design: Continue reading

Techno On A Buchla Music Easel

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via Peter Maas, captures a synth jam, Chicago Love, that explores using the Buchla Music Easel in a context in which it’s rarely heard – old school technoContinue reading

Two New Sound Discs For The Optigan, Glitchdelica & Guitarscape

Optigan.com has introduced two new sound discs for the vintage Optigan, Glitchdelica & Guitarscape.

Glitchdelica is an experimental rhythmic pattern generator. Forgoing the usual drums/chords/keys convention entirely, each button and key features a different loop, drawn from Optigan.com’s Pea Hicks’ archive of oddball instruments, electronics, and other sound sources.  Continue reading