Is There Anything More 80’s Than This Synth-Pop Sinatra Cover?

Peter Baumann spent the 70’s pioneering Berlin School style synthesis with synth super-group Tangerine Dream. Albums like Phaedra, Rubycon, Ricochet  and Stratosfear.

None of these albums would adequately prepare you, though, for Strangers In The Night, Baumann’s 80’s-tacular take on the Frank Sinatra classic.  Continue reading

Elektron Jam: Yaybahar Plus Elektrons

The latest in Elektron’s performance video series features the company’s Analog Rytm, Analog Keys, and Octatrack instruments, jamming with the acoustic Yaybahar instrument.

The Yayabhar is made from natural materials – wood, membrane, strings and coiled spring. The materials aren’t that unusual, but the shape and the way long springs are used to connect resonating bodies results in a wide variety of sound possibilities.

Elektron explains the setup for this video:

“The acoustic instrument Yaybahar was recorded using two separate mics. During the session, the Elektron setup was monitored with headphones for best possible audio recording of the Yaybahar. The Octatrack sends MIDI clock and program change messages to Analog Rytm and Analog Keys. It is also used as a mixer as Rytm and Keys outputs are fed into the Octatrack stereo inputs.”

The other Elektron “jam sessions” are on YouTube.

Synthtopia’s Best Of 2014 – Stuff That Was Too Cool Not To Mention

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2014 was such an exceptional year for electronic music and synths that our best of 2014 posts, which cover Mobile Music AppsHardware SynthsMIDI ControllersModular Synth Gear, Electronic Music HardwareMusic Software and even the Sexiest Vaporware – still leave a lot uncovered.

Here’s wrap up on other things from 2014 that were too cool not to mention: Continue reading