Steve Roach – Invisible

steve-roach-invisibleAmbient electronic artist Steve Roach has released a new album, Invisible, as a name-your-price download via Bandcamp.

Here’s what Roach has to say about the new album:

With the momentum of the past year still churning, I hunkered down in the Timeroom over the past few cold and rain infused days and created a new long-form piece, featured on Bandcamp only for the time being.

A New Year’s gift to you; freshly cooked from the Timeroom to you on short order.

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Plogue Chipspeech Recreates The Sound Of 80’s Voice Synthesis

Chipspeech_Shot_ControlsPlogue has introduced Chipspeech – a new speech synthesizer, for Mac & Windows, that recreates the sound of famous 80’s voice synthesis chips.

It features 7 different voices, each with its own characteristic timbre. It is tailored for musical applications – type in lyrics, and then you can play them on a MIDI keyboard.

Chipspeech is also a true synthesizer – the sound can be extensively modified. The app also features a circuit bending emulation, letting you not only recreate the ‘insane and chaotic sound’ of a circuit bent TI speaking device, but also use it in a controlled, musical way. Continue reading

Synth Carol – ‘O Holy Night’

Sunday Synth Jam: Multi-instrumentalist Ace Waters created this synth-pop style video song arrangement of the traditional Christmas carol O Holy Night, using  a variety of hardware synths.

“I want to start a new tradition of making a synth heavy, personal arrangement of a classic carol song every year,” notes Waters. “I hope you enjoy this years Synth Carol, one of my personal favorites.” Continue reading

Free Music Friday: A 30th Anniversary Tribute to Steve Roach’s Structures From Silence

Free Music Friday: Free Floating Music has released Quiet Friends – a 30th anniversary  tribute to the Steve Roach classic, Structures From Silence.

Quiet Friends is a collection of ambient music that is ‘inspired by the blueprint of Structures From Silence.

“I’m sure I first heard the hypnotic pulse of Structures From Silence while listening to Stars End on WXPN radio,” says Free Floating Music label head Brad Ross-MacLeod. “That was it. That was the sound of that place I was seeking.”

“This collection is dedicated with deep gratitude to him,” adds Ross-MacLeod, “for inspiring us stop and listen in that world and to make our own music there with him.”

Here’s what Steve Roach has to say about the album: Continue reading