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.

In the latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast, host Darwin Grosse interviews Pittsburgh Modular founder Richard NicolContinue reading

Steve Roach Interview On Making Music With Modulars

Steve-Roach-synthesizers.comSynthesist Steve Roach is featured in the latest episode of the Echoes podcast.

Host John Diliberto talks with Roach about his new album, Skeleton Keys, which is an exploration of sequencers and large-format analog synthesizers.

“The entire album and all the interlocking parts are all created from the way you carve out these patterns, and sequences and rhythms, with hands on,” noites Roach, “So it really does have this feeling of shaping it, you know, like you’re carving something out using both hands on a large variety of knobs, on filters, envelopes and the essentials, of the components that make up the analog modular, the way I designed it for this style of music.” Continue reading

Rare Vangelis Interview – On His Greatest Achievement And More

vangelisThe latest episode of the Sinfini podcast features an interview with Academy Award winning composer/synthesist Vangelis.

Host Norman Lebrecht talks with Vangelis about his earliest musical memories, his ‘great mistake’, his greatest achievement, scoring films like Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire and more.

You can listen to the new Vangelis interview via the embed below or at the Sinfini site: Continue reading