A Very Jolly Synthesized Christmas

switched-on-santaVia WNYC, comes A Very Jolly Synthesized Christmas:

David Garland presents vintage recordings of holiday favorites performed on Moog, Buchla, and other analog synthesizers.

You might think this sonic tinsel would seem synthetic, but it’s full of genuine joy and warmth. Hear highlights from albums released in the late ’60s and early ’70s, including Douglas Leedy’s “A Very Merry Electric Christmas to You,” The Moog Machine’s “Christmas Becomes Electric,” and Sy Mann’s “Switched on Santa.”

And as a bonus, a Christmas visit with The Beatles!

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Electronic Music For Christmas

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Tired of the Johnny Mathis and Bing Crosby?

How about some electronic music for Christmas, instead?

Syndae – an electronic music – has a Christmas 2009 Special Edition podcast full of tasty electronic goodness for you:

Christmas songs and carols, written or interpreted by well known artists from the electronic and new age music scene. Enjoy the wonderful and devotional sounds by Erik Wollo, Geigertek, Ilja, Jack Judson, John Dyson,Megatone, Michael Shipway, Picture Palace music ft. Amethyste, Ron Boots, Suzanne Ciani, Synth.NL, Terje Winther, and Voynich/Strellis.

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Sleigh ride With Spacedog (Troika, Lieutenant Kije, Prokofiev)

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Fireside music, performed for your enjoyment in one take after a couple of glasses at the Spacedog HQ, Christmas Eve 2008. Featuring Dolly, the Lakeland Terrier who has hurt her paw. 

Bell rig created and programmed by Sarah Angliss (Spacedog UK), camera Colin Uttley. Microphone-festooned coat hanger expertly held for the full three and a half minutes by Jenny Angliss.

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