An Interview With John Mills-Cockell (Syrinx / Intersystems)

This video, via Electronic Voyager, captures an interview with Canadian composer John Mills-Cockell, whose resume includes scores for The National Arts Centre, Toronto Dance Theatre, Toronto Repertory Orchestra and others; being a founding member of electronic rock band Syrinx and the multimedia group, Intersystems; and scoring Terror TrainContinue reading

Isao Tomita Has Died At The Age Of 84

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Synthesist Isao Tomita – best known for a series of albums featuring synthesizer arrangements of classical works – has died at the age of 84.

Tomita (22 April 1932 – 5 May 2016) died of chronic cardiac failure, with family at his bedside.  Continue reading

‘What We Left Behind’ – Robert Rich and 21st Century Shamanism

Robert-Rich_What_we_left_behindAmbient electronic composer and musician Robert Rich has released a new album this week, “What We Left Behind.”

Rich shared the inspiration for the title and the background for the story told by the songs on “Behind” in a profile article by Michael Brückner, recently published on the Ambient Visions website:

“[The album] imagines a journey on the wing of a messenger with black feathers, showing me the future. The crow is like a spirit guide in this dream…. In my vision, the earth is doing just fine without humans, and the harm that we caused, the massive extinction event, climate change, lingering radioactivity… all of that has faded in a million years. New minds have evolved, new problems perhaps. We were just a part of the flow of life.”
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Win A Moog Mother 32 From Gary Numan + I Speak Machine

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Gary Numan and I Speak Machine have announced a Moog Mother 32 giveaway to help promote their upcoming US/Canada tour dates, including shows in LA, Chicago, New York, Austin and at Moogfeest 2016.

“We’ll be supporting the legendary Gary Numan on 9 dates of his US/ Canada tour,” I Speak Machine’s Tara Busch told us. “We’ll also be making a stop at the glorious Moogfest May 20th. And to warm our muscles, we are doing a warm – up show in LA at Hyperion Tavern on May 4th at 11:30 pm.”

As part of their part of the show, I Speak Machine will screening their ‘splendidly bloody’ short film Zombies 1985, which features Numan’s 3 daughters as zombies. Continue reading

NI Debuts Native Sessions ‘Sonic Hooks’ Interview Series

Native_Instruments_Sonic_Hooks_Kimbra_BrenmarNative Instruments recently held their Native Sessions event series in cities around the world, programs which focus on how creators can craft their own “signature sound.”

Those interviews, lectures and panels were all recorded, and today NI released the programs as “Sonic Hooks” videos.

NI’s event organizers explain the idea behind the “Sonic Hooks” theme:

“The success of a track often rests on its hookline – and its trademark sound. Across the globe, our Sonic Hooks series explored the tools and techniques for creating sonically unique hooks with MASCHINE and KOMPLETE, and heard from a roster of guest speakers like Fatima al-Qadiri, Kimbra, Lotic, WIFE, and more.”

The Sonic Hooks series kicks off in Berlin with a “curated history” of sonic hooks in electronic music and modern songwriting, presented by music journalist Philip Shelburne (Pitchfork, prev. Resident Advisor, Wire, Spin):
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Bob Moog Documentary Project, ‘Electronic Voyager,’ Launched on Kickstarter

Electronic_Voyager_DocumentaryRobert Fantinatto and Jason Amm, the Director/Producer team behind the modular synthesizer documentary, “I Dream Of Wires,” are producing a new documentary, “Electronic Voyager,” in association with The Bob Moog Foundation.

Amm and Fantinatto, as Waveshaper Media, launched the documentary project today on Kickstarter.

“We aim to create a definitive and personal documentary about the life of iconic synthesizer pioneer, Bob Moog, through the eyes of Moog’s own daughter, Michelle Moog-Koussa – [who is herself] also a dedicated Moog archivist and historian…. We want to give viewers an insight into the man behind the iconic Moog brand.”

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Prince Dead At Age 57

prince-dead-at-57Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Prince Rogers Nelson is dead at age 57.

The Associated Press reports that Prince (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) died today at his home in suburban Minneapolis. His publicist has confirmed the news.

Prince had a recent health scare, being rushed to the hospital last Friday because of flu-related dehydration. But the next day, he made an appearance at Paisley Park dance party and, eerily in retrospect, told the attendees to “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.” Continue reading