Sean McBride Interview (Xeno & Oaklander)

This video captures an extended interview with Sean McBride. The interview one of the extended interviews done in the process of creating the I Dream Of Wires modular synthesizer documentary.  Continue reading

Interview With Olivier Gillet (Mutable Instruments)

olivier-gillet-mutable-instrumentsThe latest episode of Darwin Grosse’s Art + Music + Tech interview series features Olivier Gillet – the man behind Mutable Instruments.

Mutable Instruments makes the Shruthi, Anushri and Ambika synths, and a variety Eurorack synth modules.

Gillet is also (far in the past) the developer behind “Chocopoolp”, the company that created the Palm software Bhaji’s Loops.

“Olivier is an amazingly open and creative guy,” notes host Darwin Grosse, “and shared not only his history, but also his philosophy behind his open hardware/software systems and ideas for learning about music hardware development.” Continue reading

Steve Reich: ‘Don’t Tell Me You Don’t Have The Right Equipment – What Matters Is Your Musical Imagination!’

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

Mark Vail On The Art + Music + Technology Podcast

Mark-Vail-the-SynthesizerThe 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

Music: What Difference Does It Make?

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

Richard Devine Interview On Art + Music + Technology

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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