In 1974 10CC recorded their third album, The Original Soundtrack. The album featured a song I’m Not In Love, written by Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman, that was a production masterpiece, featuring amazing, ethereal choral parts.
Now Sampletekk has released INIL Choir, a new sample library based on the 10cc I’m Not In Love choir.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
These choirs are unique. There’s simply nothing else like them! The combination of voices and the way they where produced have given them a sound that’s truly one of a kind.
Now, SampleTekk, in cooperation with Eric Stewart of 10CC, are very proud to release of The INIL Choir, thus taking one of the most famous analogue samples into the digital era.
Back in the day, before sample libraries and before digital samplers, there were primitive sample playback keyboards like the Mellotron, the Optigan & the Vako Orchestron. Their lo fi characteristics make them interesting instruments, despite their multiple flaws.
For several years, Optigan.com has been creating new and updated discs for the Optigan and Orchestron. Their latest discs include three libraries for the Vako Orchestron: Flute, Cello & Vibraphone.
This video captures a live performance of Retrotech – an electronic music concert created e composed by Carlos Trilha, inspired by the classic synth music of the 70s.
Here’s what Trilha has to say about Retrotech:
A unique detail of this production is that they do not use loops or sound libraries. All the sounds are created from real instruments and are first generation, allowing RETROTECH to make a striking reinterpretation of the classic sound of electronic music.
The highlight of the live performances is the use of rare analog instruments, staged to show the public how these interesting devices work. In addition, RETROTECH also uses a special set of projection images from generative code (created in real time), synchronized by software written with MAX/MSP/JITTER by ALESSANDRA MARFISA specially for each performance.
RETROTECH is a work that recalls the “belle epoque” of electronic music; more than just an exciting audio-visual experience, it is “an inspiring journey through time for lovers of contemporary art.”
Moog Music updated its site today, and also released several interesting new videos, including this mini-documentary on the history of the Minimoog.
This is the first in a series of videos, and focuses on the 70’s. Of special interest are the comments of one of Moog Music’s earliest engineers, Bill Hemsath, who discusses the Minimoog’s birth and sheds some light on what sets the Moog synthesizer apart from other analog synths.
If you’re interested in electronic music history, sci fi or just free music, you’ll want to check out this free download of Edward Artemiev‘s soundtrack to the 70’s Russian sci fi classic, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris.
The Solaris soundtrack is unusual in that it was created using the rare ANS synthesizer, which used photo-optic recording to translate sound into images, or to translate drawn images into sound: Continue reading →