Sunday Synth Jam: In this video, multi-instrumentalist Peter Pringle performs In Trutina, from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Here’s what he has to say about it: Continue reading
Nonesuch Records has released a new album by electroacoustic pioneer Steve Reich, Radio Rewrite.
The title piece references two songs by the English band Radiohead. Alan Pierson conducts this premiere recording of Radio Rewrite, which was composed in 2012.
The album also includes recordings of Electric Counterpoint (1987) and Piano Counterpoint, which is a 2011 transcription by Vincent Corver of Reich’s 1973 Six Pianos. The works are performed, respectively, by Radiohead’s guitarist, Jonny Greenwood, and pianist Vicky Chow, who is a member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Continue reading
This video is captures a performance of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 (Prelude) on Embertone Blakus Cello (a virtual instrument for Kontakt Player 5). Continue reading
This video is a profile of minimalist composer Steve Reich, in which he talks about his music, his influences, his very lo-fi ‘funky home tape recorders’ and other early gear, and his inspiration for his classic Music for 18 Musicians. Continue reading
American composer Robert Ashley – who reinvented opera with electronics and avant garde techniques – died yesterday at the age of 83.
Ashley (March 28, 1930 – March 3, 2014) was known for radically rethinking the concept of opera – reimagining it for TV and for recordings. and incorporating electronic instruments and electronic manipulation of speech.
In one work, Automatic Writing, Ashley recorded his involuntary speech (from Tourette’s Syndrome) and used it as one of the characters in his opera. The other three ‘characters’ were: