Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka

Vangelis And The Journey to Ithaka is a 2014 documentary on the Acadamy Award winning Greek composer and synthesist.

The two-hour documentary includes interviews with Vangelis and many of his friends and colleagues, including Sean Connery, Hugh Hudson, Jessye Norman, Oliver Stone, Akiko Ebi, Julian Rachlin and many others.

It also includes rare, historical footage, most of which has never been seen before. In addition, the documentary includes recent footage of Vangelis improvising new music. Continue reading

Knobcon 4 Synth Convention Coming Next Week, Sept 11-13


Knobcon 4 – a massive synth meetup, featuring performances, workshops and vendors – will be held next week, Sept 11-13, 2015, in the Chicago area.

The three-day event, which focuses on electronic and experimental music and the tools used to create it, will be held at the Westin Chicago Northwest.

Highlights include two nights of live electronic music performances; a Saturday banquet with keynote speaker Malcolm Cecil; workshops on the Triadex Muse, acoustic synthesis and more; and synth DIY. Continue reading

The Philosophy Of Berlin School Synthesizer Music

In the last few weeks, we’ve featured a few videos from Ralph Baumgartl‘s vlog, featuring his discussions with the German synth group Thau.

In this video, Baumgartl talks with Thau (Bernd-Miachel Land and Frank Tischer) about why they play the music they do, their inspirations, and their take on what Berlin School synth music is.

Land & Tischer also do some in-studio improvisation, sharing their take on Berlin School.  Continue reading

Brian Eno On Composers as Gardeners

This video captures a short discussion by Brian Eno on his concept of Composers as Gardeners.

Eno contrasts the stereotype of the classical composer conceiving a piece and then writing it out against the practice that became more common in the 60s of creating processes that result in music that you may or may not have anticipated. Continue reading

Inside The Studio Of The IT Crowd’s Matt Berry


Most people know actor Matt Berry for playing the epically awful, sex-crazed boss Douglas Reynholm on the British series, The IT Crowd.

matt-berry-synth-freakWhile he’s best-known for delivering lines like “You there, computer man. Fix my pants.”, though, he’s also a musician with a long list of credits, including scoring for TV, creating a comic rock opera and five albums.

And he’s a synth geek. His Twitter feed is as likely to feature his latest synth (a Prophet 6) as a photo related to his acting work.

Berry recently commissioned Amber Creative to update his home studio to be a more professional work area for recording and writing music.

In this video, Berry shares his thoughts on the updated home studio and what he sees as some of its key elements: Continue reading

Behind The Scenes With Synth Supergroup Node

This video, via Gigwise, goes behind the scenes with synth supergroup Node.

Node features four music industry veterans that have taken time out from their ‘day jobs’ to indulge their passion for the iconic sounds of massive analog monster synths: Continue reading

Jean-Michel Jarre Announces Full Details of Electronica 1: The Time Machine

jean-michel-jarre-tangerine-dreamJean-Michel Jarre today announced the full details of his upcoming album Electronica 1: The Time Machine, which features Jarre’s work with fifteen collaborators.

Electronica 1 ranges from work with newer artists like Gesaffelstein and Little Boots, to songs with electronic music veterans such as 3D of Massive Attack and Moby, and fellow electronic music pioneers Tangerine Dream and John Carpenter. The album offers Jarre’s personal vision of electronic music over the decades. Continue reading