In the latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast, synthesist Darwin Grosse talks with Paul Schreiber, creator of the MOTM synthesizer modular synthesizer.
“At what point does the electronic reality stop and the voodoo start?” asks Schreiber – who goes on to offer his perspective on the question and how it applies to the modular world.
Paul Schreiber has seen it all, from building his own Heathkit gear, to designing automotive stereo systems, to designing cell phones to creating modular synthesizer systems. I was, of course, mostly interested in the latter, but I was also interested in how modular systems were informed by his earlier experiences. In this interview, Paul shares how he learned electronics, how he designed the MOTM modular system, and also shares his advice for anyone interested in digging into it themselves.
Composer & keyboardist Thomas Kurzhals, who performed with the East German rock groups Karat & Stern-Combo Meißen, has died at the age of 60.
This video captures Kurzhais in April of 2009 at the Frankfurt Musikmesse, jamming and sharing his stories of rocking behind the Iron Curtain. Along the way, he shares that he had to smuggle his Minimoog into East Germany in pieces.
via MoogMusicInc, Chris Stack
Electronic dance music pioneer Giorgio Moroder is featured in this week’s Weekend Edition on NPR.
In the interview, Moroder share’s his first experiences with the Moog modular synthesizer and more. Continue reading
In this interview, disco and synth pop pioneer Giorgio Moroder talks with Jian Ghomeshi about bringing his work to a new generation, how he got over creating music ‘correctly’, and why music lovers are ready for a return to retro sound. Continue reading
This video, from the producers of the I Dream Of Wires documentary, captures extended interviews with Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor & Alessandro Cortini.
I Dream Of Wires is an independent documentary exploring the history, demise and resurgence of the ultimate electronic music machine, the modular synthesizer. A 4-hour extended cut is available to order now on DVD and BluRay. The feature-length, theatrical cut is set to premiere spring 2014. Continue reading
This video captures an interview with synth pop legend Gary Numan. Continue reading
This video captures an interview with Pittsburgh Modular Analog Circuitry Designer Michael Johnsen. Continue reading
Electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick is featured in a new NPR interview that looks at his early, influential electronic works, his current work and his role as an ‘edm pioneer’:
Morton Subotnick could fairly be called electronic music’s first hitmaker. His 1967 album Silver Apples of the Moon was an international sensation. Or, in his words, “It was like a bombshell.”
Silver Apples was the first piece of electronic music commissioned by a record label and was created on the first synthesizer small enough to sit on a table. Subotnick’s Greenwich Village workspace became a drop-in spot for musicians from The Mothers of Invention to The Grateful Dead to The Velvet Underground. One night, unfamiliar visitors arrived.
“Some [club owners] came in and said, ‘We just bought the name Electric Circus. We don’t know exactly what it is, but we were told if anyone knows, you would know.’ So I gave them a demonstration of an electric circus. They made me the director,” Subotnick says.