This video is a profile of minimalist composer Steve Reich, in which he talks about his music, his influences, his very lo-fi ‘funky home tape recorders’ and other early gear, and his inspiration for his classic Music for 18 Musicians. Continue reading
The latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast features author Mark Vail, right, who’s just published a new book, The Synthesizer.
Vail has written for Keyboard, Sound On Sound and Electronic Musician magazines and has written several previous books about keyboards, including Vintage Synthesizers & The Hammond Organ: Beauty In The B.
“Sometimes it can be really exciting to look at New Stuff and get excited about it,” says A+M+T podcast host Darwin Grosse. “But sometimes a review of Old Stuff can be just as exciting. Author, educator, journalist and musician Mark Vail has the gift of helping us see more than the glamour of New Gear, and I had a wonderful discussion with him for this week’s podcast.” Continue reading
What Difference Does It Make: A Film About Making Music – is a free documentary film that delves into the challenges and triumphs of living “a life in music.”
The documentary traces the stages of development that musicians experience, and goes beyond the topic of music to explore questions ‘about life itself.’
The film features interviews with dozens of seasoned music professionals including Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Skream, Richie Hawtin, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and James Murphy, among others.
The movie is available as a free stream (above). Continue reading
The latest episode of the Art+Music+Technology podcast features composer and sound designer Richard Devine.
Host Darwin Grosse talks with Devine about how he got hooked on electronic music, and his move from software/laptop performance into modular synth performance.
You can listen to the interview via the embed below or at the A+M+T site: Continue reading
In the latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast, host Darwin Grosse interviews composer + programmer Matthew Davidson (aka Stretta).
It’s always a wonderful thing when you get a chance to work with someone whose company you can enjoy. That’s the case with Matthew Davidson, a person I’ve always admired and whose work I’ve appreciated, but who is also a person you can just enjoy hanging out with. In this “interview”, Matthew and I really just talk smart about controllers, modulars and the composition process. Matthew always has a thoughtful view on almost anything, and is willing to challenge people to push their thought processes beyond the most convenient position.
I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I had doing it. Matthew forces me to talk about myself a little (gulp!), for which I apologize in advance!
You can listen to the interview below or at the Art + Music + Technology site. Continue reading
This video, via Point Blank Music School, captures an interview with Gerald Simpson, aka A Guy Called Gerald. Continue reading
This video captures a panel discussion on The State Of 21st-Century Synthesis, held at the 2014 NAMM Show.
Led by author Mark Vail (Vintage Synthesizers, Beauty In The B, The Synthesizer), the panel features industry leaders offering their take on the state of synthesis.
The panelists, from left to right, are:
- Composer/synthesist Drew Neumann (Aeon Flux, The Wild Thornberries)
- Composer/producer & Continuum expert Edmund Eagen
Synth designer and MIDI creator Dave Smith
- Synth designer & sound designer Eric Persing (Roland, Spectrasonics)
Gerry Bassermann (E-Mu, Opcode, Be, Propellerhead)
The video is close to 90 minutes long and offers some great perspectives from true gurus of synthesis. Continue reading
Thomas Dolby is featured in a new interview on the Nerdist Podcast: Continue reading