Isao Tomita Has Died At The Age Of 84

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Synthesist Isao Tomita – best known for a series of albums featuring synthesizer arrangements of classical works – has died at the age of 84.

Tomita (22 April 1932 – 5 May 2016) died of chronic cardiac failure, with family at his bedside.  Continue reading

Canon For Theremin & LoopStation

Sunday Synth Jam: Carolina Eyck is one of the world’s foremost theremin virtuosi, performing with orchestras around the world.

She’s also created an excellent series of performance and educational videos. In this video, the second in her ‘Theremin Session’ series, Eyck discusses and performs the Canon for Theremin and Loop Station by Christopher Tarnow. Continue reading

Minimalist Terry Riley Was Remixing Before Remixing Was Cool – ‘You’re Nogood’

3349874992_3c83376dfe_oAmerican minimalist composer and performer Terry Riley is not as well known as fellow minimalists Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Nevertheless, his work – which explores tape looping, live performance with tape delay, microtonality, world music influences, synthesis and more – has been influential across several generations of musicians

An interesting example of his early work, You’re Nogood (1967), is essentially an avant garde remix of a soul song: Continue reading