Juan Blanco – Nuestro Tiempo

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Innova has released a new album of music by Juan Blanco (1919-2008), a pioneer of electronic music in Cuba.

Blanco’s work is not well known, but he’s considered the first Cuban composer to explore electroacoustics, spatial music and multimedia works. Nuestro Tiempo offers a retrospective work.

The album features significant works from four decades in Blanco’s career. The works on Nuestro Tiempo are largely electronic, but also feature congas, timbales and saxophone. Continue reading

The Evolution Of Electronic Dance Music

evolution-of-electronic-dance-musicThe Evolution Of Electronic Dance Music, edited by Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn, is a book that looks at the history of electronic dance music, through interviews with a variety of artists that helped define it.

The book is largely compiled from interviews published over the last 30 years, in Keyboard and Remix magazines. The artists interviewed are a ‘who’s who’ of electronic music: Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Juan Atkins, The Orb, Aphex Twin, Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, BT, The Crystal Method and many others.

Because of the age of many of the interviews, they offer a vintage perspective. So, while some of the discussion is dated, it also often offers a contemporary perspective from the artists, early in their careers. Continue reading

New Site, A Sound Effect, Offers Catalog Of Independent Sound Effect Libraries

asoundeffectA Sound Effect is a new site that offers a catalog of independent sound effect libraries.

“These libraries are usually spread out over a huge number of individual sites, making it really tricky to find relevant sfx from the independent community,” says creator Asbjoern Andersen. “I thought it was a real shame, as they do some amazing stuff – so I’ve managed to get 25 indie sound designers and recordists on board to showcase more than 80 of their libraries.”

At A Sound Effect, you can browse, preview, search and find specific libraries from all 25 sound designers. See the site for more info.