The Producers (Trevor Horn, Stephen Lipson, Lol Créme, Ash Soan) Do Two Tribes Live

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Off Topic: The Producers – a producer ‘supergroup’ that features Trevor Horn, Stephen Lipson, Lol Créme, Ash Soan – do their version of Two Tribes.

The Producers’ Made In Basing Street is out on June 25.

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Korg Kronos Music Workstation In Depth

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The Korg Kronos, introduced at the 2011 NAMM Show, is the company’s latest flagship keyboard, which offers nine synthesis engines in one instrument.

Here’s an in-depth look at how the Korg Kronos works and what it can do. The first video, above, takes a look at navigating the Kronos.

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Thank You For Being A Friend! (Electric)

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We “rolled the odometer” on our Facebook “Like” counter today, topping 6,000, so we’re taking a moment out from our Musikmesse 2011 coverage to celebrate – with an awesome cover of Gary Numan’s Are Friends Electric?

Gus and Fin do a pretty awesome ukulele + synthesizer new wave folktronica version of Numan’s 1979 synth pop classic, don’t you think?

Thanks again for your Facebook “likes”. They help Synthtopia find new readers, which means more comments and a more active community on the site.

Various – Slack Key Guitar

This CD is a treat for anyone with open ears. Slack Key Guitar is a collection of some of the best guitar music of Hawaii. It features solo guitar pieces played by seven well-known slack key guitarist. It is a beautiful introduction to the music.

Hawaiian slack key guitar is one of the great styles of acoustic guitar music. “Slack Key” playing is known as ki ho’alu in Hawaiian, and is their term for the native fingerpicked style. The music often features alternate tunings, where some strings are loosened “slacked”, to create more attractive intervals between strings. This can also create sympathetic reverberations, where strings vibrate in harmony with other notes are played.

Sonny Lim, Bryan Kessler, Randy Lorenzo, John Keawe, Charles Michael Brotman, Keven Teves, and Ken Emerson are the guitarists featured on this 1998 release. All of the guitarist bring an effortless virtuosity to the music. The music is relaxing and beatiful, and may bring to mind images of tropical beaches.

Slack Key Guitar is a collection of exceptional beauty. It captures simple melodies played with exceptional grace, and is a relaxing introduction to this traditional Hawaiian musical art.

Norah Jones – Feels Like Home

Beautiful, wonderfully recorded, and moving, Feels Like Home proves that Norah Jones is not a one hit wonder. Norah Jones is the real thing.

So what’s Norah Jones, acoustic chanteuse, doing on Synthtopia?

Every now and then, even electronica fans need to disconnect from the power grid and listen to some clean, simple, heartfelt music. Norah Jones delivers the goods, just as she did on her previous album, Come Away With Me.

Jones’ sophomore CD doesn’t suck, it’s not mediocre, and it isn’t marred by dreadful artistic ego trips. Jones could have done a Madonna and gone techno. She could have called up her dad, Ravi Shankar, and had him lay down some world beat sitar grooves.

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