Audio Fidelity has released a limited edition virgin vinyl release of the Wendy Carlos soundtrack to the 1982 sci fi film Tron.
Carlos’s score combined electronic elements, played on Moog and GDS synthesizers, with orchestral elements, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the UCLA Chorus. The fusion of elements worked well with the film, which paired live action with early computer animation.
Audio Fidelity specializes in audiophile releases, and they give Tron the deluxe treatment, delivering just about everything that soundtrack fans might want. Continue reading
A new sample source, 808 Kicks – The Boom Boutique, has launched and is giving away a free sample library to introduce their work.
Here’s what they have to say about the 808 Kicks:
The Boom Boutique pays tribute to the original boom box – the legendary TR-808. We offer the highest-quality drum sounds and kits, either sampled directly from the 808, refined using analog or digital effects, or inspired sound emulations with even more bang for your buck.
This video takes a hands-on look at the new Akai MPX16 sampler.
The MPX16 is a sample player with onboard sound recording. Samples are saved to an SD card, and can be played back using either the unit’s MPC-style pads or via external MIDI device, via USB-MIDI and 3.5mm (1/4-inch) MIDI inputs. Continue reading
This video, via mylarmelodies, takes a look at the newly released Expert Sleepers Disting Eurorack module.
The Expert Sleepers Disting is a 4HP 16-in-1 multifunction Eurorack module. The video demo goes is nearly 40 minutes long, and dives deep into the Disting’s features. Continue reading
This video captures a hour+ discussion at CCRMA by author Marc Weidenbaum on Two Decades of Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II.
Weidenbaum’s discussion focuses on the “cultural afterlife” that the album has experienced in the two decades since its initial release on the Warp and Sire labels in 1994.
The discussion is based on Weidenbaum’s book in the 33 1/3 series, Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Continue reading
Plastikman (Richie Hawtin) has a new album out, EX, recorded live at the Guggenheim, New York’s iconic art museum.
“EX is an Excursion into the past, Exploring the uncertainty of the future, EXpanding and EXtending the immersive atmospheres of my Plastikman project,” notes Hawtin.
You can stream the full album via the embed above. Continue reading
Swiss electronic trio, Mathon, has released a new album, Lieus Pers.
The trio, Thomas Augustiny, Roger Stucki and Pete Leuenberg, make ambient electronic music, inspired by architectural spaces.
Lieus Pers is inspired by a photo series by Stefan Flükiger. The Bern-based photographer captured abandoned industrial areas and subterranean canals, that have been gradually reclaimed by nature.
On Lieus Pers, Augustiny, Leuenberger and Stucki have created 12 soundscapes, inspired by dystopian landscapes. According to the group, “the album is a quest for traces, conciliating graphics and sound, past and present, nature and technology.”
Like Eno’s seminal Ambient 4, the soundscapes explore the darker, edgier and less calming possibilities of ambient music.
The album is available as a double vinyl LP and as digital downloads. Continue reading