Electronic Music On An Edison Phonograph Cylinder

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Edison phonograph cylinders were the earliest commercial platform for distributing sound recordings, and from about 1896 to 1915, this is what ‘records’ looked like.

By the 1910s, though, phonograph cylinders were being sidelined by discs, which were easier to manufacture, ship and store, and had a greater capacity. As a result, it’s nearly impossible to find modern music in the cylinder format.

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Sound Design With The Paul Vo Wond

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At the 2015 NAMM Show, inventor Paul Vo (Moog Guitar) introduced the Wond String Exciter, a new device, designed to let you explore new ways of playing string instruments.

Vo’s instruments explore the idea of ‘acoustic synthesis’ – using electronics to control the vibration of physical objects and to shape the harmonics of the resulting sounds.

And, while the Wond is being targeted to guitarists, Vo says that it is the most powerful handheld exciter, sustainer and controller ever made – so it has other interesting applications.

In the following video demo – Experimental Synth’s Chris Stack explores using the Wond for sound design: Continue reading

That Time John Peel Played Fripp & Eno’s ‘No Pussyfooting’ Backwards

john-peel-no-pussyfooting-backwardsThe late BBC DJ John Peel is revered by many for his part in introducing progressive music of all types to British listeners.

John Peel (John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, August 30, 1939 – October 25, 2004), was the longest serving of BBC Radio 1 DJs – on air from 1967 until his death in 2004.

One of the most notorious broadcasts of his career, though, was the time in 1973 when he debuted Fripp & Eno’s proto-ambient album No Pussyfooting to the world, by accidentally playing it backwards, in its entirety.  Continue reading

2016 Moogfest Program Details Announced

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Moogfest organizers shared with us program details for Moogfest 2016, scheduled for May 19 – 22 in Durham, NC.

During the day, Moogfest explores the future of technology and creativity with a ‘mind-expanding conference’, featuring panels, workshops and installations.

At night, Moogfest celebrates the future of sound, with performances by early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant garde experimentalists.

Here are the program details that have been announced: Continue reading

Moogfest 2016 Lineup Announced, Featuring Gary Numan, Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Ciani & A New Moog Module

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Organizers announced the first round of artists, musicians and programming for Moogfest 2016, scheduled for May 19 – 22 in Durham, NC.

The lineup includes Gary Numan (in a three-night residency), GZA (two night residency), Odesza, Laurie Anderson, Oneohtrix Point Never, Suzanne Ciani, Blood Orange, and Sun Ra Arkestra, with keynote presentations by “transhumanist pharma tycoon” Dr. Martine Rothblatt and virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier.

Of special note to DIY synth enthusiasts, there will be another two-day, hands-on Moogfest synth building workshop for Engineer VIP ticketholders. This time, VIP attendees will build an as-yet-unreleased Moog synth module.”
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Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) Live Rig Tour

One of the biggest strengths of the Eurorack modular standard is the vast array of module options that are now available. But it also has the side effect of making it hard for synthesists new to Euro to know where to start.

In this video, filmed at the Bells ‘n’ Whistles, Crackles ‘n’ Pops modular meet in Peterborough, Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) gives a demo and tour of his portable Eurorack modular synth rig.  Continue reading