The Past, Present And Future Of MIDI

At the 2013 NAMM Show, MIDI creators and innovators Alan Parsons, Tom Oberheim, Dave Smith, Jordan Rudess, George Duke and Craig Anderton participated in an uber-panel, discussing the past, present and future of MIDI. Continue reading

Alan Parsons Live Project On Tour

alan-parsonsAlan Parsons, who’s had his share of success as both a artist, engineer and producer (Abbey Road, The Dark Side Of The Moon, Let It Be, I Robot), has announced dates for an Alan Parsons Live Project 2013 world tour.

The current lineup of musicians includes Parsons (guitar, vocal, keyboards, percussion), P.J. Olsson (vocals), Manny Focarazzo (keyboards), Danny Thompson (drums), Guy Erez (bass), Alastair Greene (guitar) and Todd Cooper (vocals and sax). Continue reading

Sweetwater’s GearFest 2011 Is This Weekend, June 24-25

GearFest 2011GearFest ‘ 11, gear retailer Sweetwater’s annual ‘celebration of musicians and the instruments and equipment they use to make music’, kicks off today.

The free event, being held Friday, June 24th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, June 25th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 5501 US Hwy 30 W, Fort Wayne, Indiana, will feature live music, dozens of workshops, manufacturer exhibits, giveaways and more.

If you’re in the region, GearFest 2011 offers a chance to see Alan Parson, BT and reps from 200 gear manufacturers.

Details below and at the Sweetwater site. Continue reading

GearFest 2011, June 24-25

Gearfest 2011Gear retailer Sweetwater has announced GearFest ‘ 11, described as ‘a celebration of musicians and the instruments and equipment they use to make music.’

The free event, being held Friday, June 24th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, June 25th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 5501 US Hwy 30 W, Fort Wayne, Indiana, will feature live music, dozens of workshops, manufacturer exhibits, giveaways and more.

Highlights:

  • This year’s featured speaker is Alan Parsons, legendary producer, engineer, and artist. Parsons is famed for his work with The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and his own group, The Alan Parsons Project.
  • GearFest will also offer an appearance by BT.
  • Seminars will cover topics such as tracking the band, songwriting critique, recording on a computer, introduction to Pro Tools 9 recording software, and many, many more.
  • More than 200 manufacturers of musical instruments, music technology, and audio equipment will be on hand to give musicians a look at the latest gear.
  • Performers Paul Pigat, Johnny Hiland, Frank Bello, David Ellefson and many more will take the stage to perform on the latest new guitars, keyboards, and electronic drums.
  • The Guitar Gallery tent will feature hundreds of guitars and basses on display for guests to get their hands on.
  • Sweetwater also  says that they have amassed “more than $30,000 in gear that will be awarded to lucky GearFest attendees”.

“It is a unique form of trade show,” says Sweetwater Founder and President Chuck Surack.  “There’ s certainly nothing this big, with so many great attractions, that is also free and open to the public, anywhere else in the country.”

Details on GearFest 2011 are available at the Sweetwater site.

Alan Parsons Answers Twitter Question

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In this video, superproducer Alan Parsons reponds to Twitter question about the future of MIDI:

@RevNelson: What do you hope to see in the next 5-10 years for the MIDI specification? Do you think it will move to Ethernet connector?

This Twitter-based interview follows the interview we posted yesterday with Trent Reznor, which featured questions from Digg users.

Do you think that social networking tools like Digg & Twitter lead to better musician interviews? Continue reading

I, Robot Composer Alan Parsons Explores Electronica on New CD

Alan Parson, best known for his concept albums I, Robot and Eye in the Sky, is leaving his long-time bandmates to explore electronica on his latest CD, A Valid Path. Guest artists on the CD include Nortec Collective, The Crystal Method, Shpongle, PJ Olsson, and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.

The CD, scheduled for release in August, is Parsons’ first record in five years. A Valid Path is Parsons’ leap into the world of electronica music, filled with poly-rhythmic drumbeats and soaring guitar solos, provided in part by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. One of the album’s tracks, More Lost Without You, features P.J. Olsson on vocals. Another collaboration is with The Crystal Method on We Play The Game. Alan Parsons has released three records without the ‘Project’ identity behind him; his last, entitled The Time Machine, earning excellent reviews, including four stars from the All Music Guide.

Parsons, an engineer and producer, worked on classic albums like Let It Be, Abbey Road, and Dark Side of the Moon, for which he earned one of his ten Grammy nominations. He emerged in the mid-seventies as the leader of progressive rockers The Alan Parsons Project.

The Project debuted with Tales of Mystery and Imagination, a collection inspired by the work of Edgar Allen Poe; similarly, the science fiction of Isaac Asimov served as the raw material for 1977′s follow-up I, Robot. 1982′s Eye in the Sky, was their most successful effort.

Alan Parson I Robot Composer's New CD A Valid Path

Track Listing: A Valid Path

  • Return To Tunguska
  • More Lost Without You
  • Mammagamma 04
  • We Play The Game
  • Tijuaniac
  • L’Arc En Ciel
  • A Recurring Dream Within A Dream
  • You Can Run
  • Chomolungma