This video, from the Rockpalast Archive, captures Kraftwerk performing live, in 1970.
The video captures a mixed media performance in Soest, Germany in the Winter of 1970. This is four years before they defined their sound and image with Autobahn. Continue reading
Moby is looking a little pissed off! Could it be because he’s getting sued over alleged unlicensed sample use – after 22 years?
According to a Hollywood Reporter article, Moby is being sued by VMG Salsoul, a New York-based disco and funk record label. They say that Moby included unlicensed samples on his 1992 songs, “Next is the E” and “Thousand.” Continue reading
Organizers have announced the Moogfest 2014 event schedule and venues.
The festival, which runs April 23 – 27, will include evening performances headlined by three Kraftwerk 3D concerts, along with Pet Shop Boys, Flying Lotus, Giorgio Moroder, and M.I.A.. Daytime programming is led by Futurama’s David X. Cohen, super-producer Nile Rodgers and Janelle Monae.
Of particular interest to us is the “Modular Marketplace” electronic pop-up shop at Moogfest, which will be showcasing innovative instrument makers and featuring boutique electronics, experimental effects and modern modular synthesizers. Continue reading
Here’s a vintage look at Kraftwerk, on BBC’s Tomorrow’s World, in 1975. Continue reading
Here’s a little vintage electronic dance action: Back in 1977, Giorgio Moroder was inventing the sound of the future, with tracks like this one, Utopia, from From Here To Eternity.
Moroder notes, ‘Only electronic keyboards were used on this recording.”
In this video, via Future Music Magazine, James Wiltshire from remix and production duo, The Freemasons. shows us their gear packed studio, including the rare Hartmann Neuron synth and more.
What would you ask Giorgio Moroder, if you had the chance? Continue reading
American composer Robert Ashley – who reinvented opera with electronics and avant garde techniques – died yesterday at the age of 83.
Ashley (March 28, 1930 – March 3, 2014) was known for radically rethinking the concept of opera – reimagining it for TV and for recordings. and incorporating electronic instruments and electronic manipulation of speech.
In one work, Automatic Writing, Ashley recorded his involuntary speech (from Tourette’s Syndrome) and used it as one of the characters in his opera. The other three ‘characters’ were:
- a French voice translation of the speech:
- a synthesized version of the speech; and
- Polymoog harmonies.