An Interview With Sound Designer & Composer John Keston

john-kestonThe latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast features an interview with sound designer, developer and composer John Keston.

Here’s what host Darwin Grosse has to say about the interview:

John Keston came onto my radar in sort of a random way – he sent me a link to some of his music, and I kind of fell in love with it. It was sound designerly, but also musically deep. Then I started digging into his work, and it touched on a lot of my interests.

So wouldn’t you know that, when I interviewed him, I find out that our paths were constructed in similar ways. Musc, tech, art – it boils together to become an interesting – and personal – mix. In John’s case, this was programming, music and gigging, expansion into visual arts and finding a way to bring it all together. Some of his concepts on scores and improvisation are incredibly insightful, and I really appreciated him sharing his background and perspectives.

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Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka

Vangelis And The Journey to Ithaka is a 2014 documentary on the Acadamy Award winning Greek composer and synthesist.

The two-hour documentary includes interviews with Vangelis and many of his friends and colleagues, including Sean Connery, Hugh Hudson, Jessye Norman, Oliver Stone, Akiko Ebi, Julian Rachlin and many others.

It also includes rare, historical footage, most of which has never been seen before. In addition, the documentary includes recent footage of Vangelis improvising new music. Continue reading

The Philosophy Of Berlin School Synthesizer Music

In the last few weeks, we’ve featured a few videos from Ralph Baumgartl‘s vlog, featuring his discussions with the German synth group Thau.

In this video, Baumgartl talks with Thau (Bernd-Miachel Land and Frank Tischer) about why they play the music they do, their inspirations, and their take on what Berlin School synth music is.

Land & Tischer also do some in-studio improvisation, sharing their take on Berlin School.  Continue reading

An Interview With Pittsburgh Modular Founder Richard Nicol

richard-nicol-pittsburgh-modular-drum-machineIf you’ve into Eurorack modular synthesizers, you’re probably familiar with Pittsburgh Modular, which makes both individual modules and complete systems.

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