Open Mic: Has Electronic Music Lost Track Of The Future?

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Open Mic: Pioneering synthesist Jean Michel Jarre shared a vintage shot of himself today on Facebook. He added the comment “Back in the Seventies, we had a romantic, poetic vision of the future, like it was in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Parliament-Mothership-ConnectionIn the 60′s, 70′s and, to a lesser degree, the 80′s, the sounds of the synthesizer were shorthand for ‘the future’.

Synth artists like Jarre, Tangerine Dream and Vangelis created electronic soundscapes, inspired by futuristic themes. Kraftwerk created a futuristic synth pop world, populated with robotic musicians.

Science fiction movies, from Forbidden Planet to Blade Runner, often had electronic soundtracks. And mainstream funk and new wave musicians adopted synths and space age ideas and visuals.

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‘Lost’ Fripp & Eno Album, Live In Paris 28.05.1975 Now Available

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A rare concert by Robert Fripp and Brian Eno - one of a handful by the two – is now available to order.

Live In Paris 28.05.1975 will be released on September 15th and can be obtained from Inner Knot for US customers and Burning Shed for UK and Europe.

Here’s what they have to say about the release:

Hearing the tapes in fully restored audio quality, it’s easy to understand why it attracts such reverence now and perhaps, why the shows attracted such hostility then. No Roxy Music hits, No King Crimson riffs, just a duo sitting in near darkness with a reel to reel tape recorder, improvising over the pre-recorded loops with a filmed background projection.

Replace the reel to reel machine with a couple of laptops/iPads/sequencers and the core of much current live performance from electronica to hip-hop was there some thirty years in advance. At the time, audiences responded to such a glimpse of the future with booing, walkouts and general confusion.

Thanks to the discovery and restoration of the original backing tapes, it was possible to isolate, de-noise and match the live elements from the performance tapes to the studio loops to produce the final recording. Continue reading

The Ambient Sounds Of Science Fiction Spaceships Playlist

Slightly off topic: YouTube user crysknife007, aka Cheesy Nirvosa put together this playlist that features the ambient sounds of science fiction spaceships.

The playlist includes these greatest ambient sound hits:

  • Star Trek TNG Ambient Engine Noise (Idling for 24 hrs)
  • Star Trek TOS Ambient Engine Noise (Idling for 24 hrs)
  • Original Battlestar Galactica Ambient Engine Sound ( For 12 Hours )
  • Nostromo Ambient Engine Noise ( Ship from Alien for 12 Hours )
  • 12 Hour Tardis sound from Doctor Who

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Rudess Joins CME As Chief Musical Officer

Jordan_Paster-01CME (creator of the XKey multitouch controller) has announced that Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater, Wizdom Music) has accepted the position of Chief Musical Officer at the company.

According to CME, Jordan (right) will be involved in new product planning and development.

“I am every excited to announce my new position as Chief Music Officer of CME,” says Jordan. “Creating next generation instruments has been a passion of mine for a long time.” Continue reading

Moogfest Regroups, Plans 2016 Return

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Moogfest 2014, held in Asheville, NC April 23-27, was an ambitious undertaking that transformed Moogfest into an international event.

It also lost about $1.5 million.

In response, organizers have announced that there will be no Moogfest 2015, but that it will return in 2016 as a biennial event.

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EDM + Hot Sauce = Electronic Sriracha Festival

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The 1st Annual Electronic Sriracha Festival (ESF) is coming to St. James Park in Downtown San Jose, CA on Labor Day Weekend (Saturday, August 30th, 12 pm to 8 pm).

The celebration of the iconic hot sauce will spread over two city blocks of park space and will feature 40+ food trucks and tents. The Festival will feature three stages of electronic music, representing the Bay Area. 

Details are available at the Festival site.

In Pursuit Of Silence

In honor of World Listening Day 2014, the team behind the upcoming film In Pursuit of Silence (coming 2015) released a clip featuring footage they acquired during their visit to Denali last April.

In the clip, National Park Service Soundscape Technician Davyd Betchkal discusses the importance of listening and it’s relationship to experiencing a place. Continue reading

Pioneer Announces $699 PLX-1000 Direct Drive DJ Turntable & We Get That Strange Feeling Of Déjà Vu

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Pioneer has announced the PLX-1000 professional direct drive turntable.

Features:

  • User-friendly control layout
  • High-torque direct drive system
  • Designed for optimal sound quality
  • Tempo control with variable width levels
  • Detachable power and audio cables

According to Pioneer, the PLX-1000 “offers a highly familiar, user-friendly control layout”.

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