Steve Reich: ‘Don’t Tell Me You Don’t Have The Right Equipment – What Matters Is Your Musical Imagination!’

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

Robert Ashley, “The Greatest Genius Of 20th Century Opera”, Dead At 83

robert-ashleyAmerican 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:

  • a French voice translation of the speech:
  • a synthesized version of the speech; and
  • Polymoog harmonies.

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Aria Violinist – A Virtual Violin For Kontakt

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Aria Sounds has introduced Aria Violinist, a new solo violin instrument for Kontakt,

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Like the cello sound we previously released, we have once again worked with a world class violinist, getting the perfect tone and massive range right into the highest but still crystal clear notes. The vibrato in the samples was also planned in such a way that it gives an extra human level, but isn’t controlled by software, allowing it to breathe more like a real instrument rather than sound like a ‘Kontakt instrument’.

Here’s a video demo: Continue reading