(no)poem Ambient Experimental Duo (Mark Mosher & Darwin Grosse) Announces Midwest Mini-Tour

Mark Mosher LiveBoulder, Colorado, electronic music duo (no)poem has announced a midwest mini-tour, bringing their one-of-a-kind ambient experimental electronic performance to Lincoln, Nebraska on Aug. 1st and Des Moines, Iowa on Aug 2nd.

The duo features Darwin Grosse of Cycling ’74 and synthesist/writer Mark Mosher, right, who writes the synth blog Modulate This!. Continue reading

Free iOS Game Teaches You How To Play Steve Reich’s ‘Clapping Music’

steve-reich-clapping-music-gameTouchpress Limited has released Steve Reich’s Clapping Music – a free iOS game that’s designed to improve your rhythm.

It does this by challenging you to play Steve Reich’s ground-breaking work, Clapping Music, a piece of music performed entirely by clapping.

Steve Reich’s Clapping Music app is part of a research project, designed to explore if gaming experiences can help people learn musical skills.

Reich’s piece Clapping Music (1972) explores the idea of a phase canon. Two performers start by playing a simple rhythm together. One performer speeds up slightly, so that the two performers get out of sync, creating a series of new syncopated rhythms. The piece continues until, after cycling through 12 different 8th-note relationships, the two performers return to being in sync.

Here’s Steve Reich introducing the app: Continue reading

Disco Raga Pioneer Charanjit Singh Has Died

synthesizing-10-ragas-to-a-disco-beatCharanjit Singh – a Indian musician and performer, best known for his pioneering electronic album Synthesizing: Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat – died yesterday. He was 74.

Singh performed extensively as a soundtrack session musician, on guitar, violin and synthesizer. He was also active as a solo artist and released several albums of covers of popular songs and film soundtracks.

He was best known in the West, though, for his 1982 album Synthesizing: Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat. Continue reading