Ambient 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.
You can preview Invisible below or at his Bandcamp page. Continue reading
Plogue 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
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
Why is Richard D. James (aka Aphex Twin) smiling?
It could be because he’s got a new Aphex Twin album out.
It could be that he’s got a boatload of awesome gear.
Or it could be that he’s got 20+ modular trax for you to download and listen to. Check it out below! Continue reading
David Rees decided to make an album of Aphex Twin / Taylor Swift mashups, because they both have great production and, at least in his view, ‘Taylor Swift is as scary as Aphex Twin': Continue reading
Video game music label Pterodactyl Squad has released ELO: The Video Game OST – a free chiptune tribute to ELO.
The album features some of ELO’s best-known songs, arranged for Nintendo and Sega sound chips.
Here’s what Pterodactyl Squad has to say about the release: Continue reading
Free Music Friday: Earlier in the week, ambient/space music artist Steve Roach released a 70-minute piece inspired by this week’s Blood Moon occurrence.
Here’s what Roach has to say about the composition: Continue reading
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