2014 was such an exceptional year for electronic music and synths that our best of 2014 posts, which cover Mobile Music Apps, Hardware Synths, MIDI Controllers, Modular Synth Gear, Electronic Music Hardware, Music Software and even the Sexiest Vaporware – still leave a lot uncovered.
Here’s wrap up on other things from 2014 that were too cool not to mention: Continue reading
Klaus Schulze is one of the seminal artists of electronic music.
He was an early member of Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel, but quickly established himself as a solo electronic artists. In the 70’s, Schulze helped define the ‘Berlin School’ of electronic music – a new style of music that was performed almost completely on synthesizers.
Over the last 5 decades, Schulze has been prolific, releasing more than 60 albums. He’s also released 50+ CDs of material from his vaults that didn’t make it onto his ‘official’ albums.
As a result, his massive discography is daunting.
Here are five essential Klaus Schulze albums, covering both his classic and more recent work. This is not intended to be a ‘best of’ list – but, instead, a selection of albums that provide an introduction to the full range and scope of Klaus Schulze’s work. Continue reading
The first ever international academic conference on Kraftwerk will take place at Aston University on Jan 21-22, 2015.
Kraftwerk specialists from Britain, Finland, Austria, the Netherlands and the US, will present papers dealing with the band’s music and the impact it has had on other artists.
Details on the conference are available at the University’s site.
The latest interview from Red Bull Music Academy features composer and synthesist Isao Tomita, best known for his classitronica albums.
The discussion, in Japanese with subtitles, was held on October 13 as part of RBMA Tokyo 2014. Continue reading
The latest installment of the Preservation Sound video series, A Single Tool Cuts A Clear Path, takes a look at Mates of State – and at how an unplanned encounter with an unusual instrument can provide direction for a vibrant and idiosyncratic body of musical work.
Director Chuck Przybyl’s Box Of Sound is a short documentary, embedded above, that explores the work of Chicago audio technician and circuit bender Antoine Kattar. Continue reading
This awesome vintage photo captures Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, looking super-cool playing the Moog modular (around June 1967). Continue reading
It looks like the new documentary on electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani – A Life in Waves, is on. The Kickstarter project to fund production has passed its funding target, with several days to go. Continue reading