Reader Geert Bevin – who’s known to many readers for his performances on the Eigenharp and his gestural music control application GECO – recently spoke at TEDxTartu in Estonia. In his TEDx talk, Bevin argues that we’re entering a new age for digital musicians, driven by several trends:
- Cheap and powerful computers
- New controllers with revolutionary sensors
- New synthesis engines with per-note expression
“This talk is essentially the summary of what I’ve been working on for the past four years at Eigenlabs,” explains Bevin, “with my GECO Leap Motion software and by collaborating with Roger Linn, Steinberg, Moog and Wolfgang Palm.” Continue reading
Classical music publishing company Boosey and Hawkes is holding a contest to “ring in” the November 16 all-Steve Reich concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC).
Steve Reich is a composer in the classical tradition that helped pioneer electroacoustic music, music as a gradual process and musical minimalism.
The first prize winner will receive the Alarm Will Sound (performing in the video, above) recording of Tehillim / The Desert Music, plus a Drumming mug and Music for 18 Musicians t-shirt. The second prize winner will receive a Drumming mug and Music for 18 Musicians t-shirt. Continue reading
This video captures synth pioneer Klaus Schulze performing A Crystal Poem and Sequencers are Beautiful.
The video comes from Schulze’s Big In Japan, which was recorded 20 and 21 March 2010, during two solo concerts in Tokyo. Continue reading
The latest edition of the At Water’s Edge podcast features a full ambient music concert by Steve Roach in the Vortex Dome - a ‘next-generation immersive venue’ located in downtown Los Angeles.
Moldover has kicked off a new project, Four Track – an album that he says is “waaaaay more than an album”:
This album is my life’s greatest work and I want it to be enjoyed by as many people as possible, but I can’t release my new music as just a simple download. I needed to create something really special. For my last album I pioneered the idea of “instrument as packaging” with my Light Theremin CDs. I had a ton of fun making them and I learned so much that I decided to re-invent the idea for Four Track. The result is a cassette-sized instrument I call The Voice Crusher.
Details on the album and The Voice Crusher are available at his project site.
The Evolution Of Electronic Dance Music, edited by Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn, is a book that looks at the history of electronic dance music, through interviews with a variety of artists that helped define it.
The book is largely compiled from interviews published over the last 30 years, in Keyboard and Remix magazines. The artists interviewed are a ‘who’s who’ of electronic music: Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Juan Atkins, The Orb, Aphex Twin, Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, BT, The Crystal Method and many others.
Because of the age of many of the interviews, they offer a vintage perspective. So, while some of the discussion is dated, it also often offers a contemporary perspective from the artists, early in their careers. Continue reading