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:
- a French voice translation of the speech:
- a synthesized version of the speech; and
- Polymoog harmonies.
Sunday Synth Jam: Mark Calcott plays J.S. Bach Chorale #72 Erhalt uns Herr, bei deinem Wort on a Therevox ET-4.3 continuous pitch analog instrument. Continue reading
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
Sunday Synth Jam: António Machado performs Erik Satie’s Gnossienne no.1 on his custom Double Eigenharp Pico. Continue reading
This video, via Patrizio Politi, captures a performance of Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 1, arranged for piano and synthesizer, with a little happy synth-pop salsification.
This audio podcast, via Boston’s WBUR, takes a look at the Resurgence Of Electronic Classical Music.
“The question of what is music is an age-old question,” Cooper tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson. “I like to think of music as any sound that is organized and creates a reaction in the listener, which this certainly does.” Continue reading
PreSonus has announced that it has bought Notion Music, the developer of music-notation app Notion 4.0 (Mac/Windows), Notion for iPad, Progression 2.0 guitar-tab editing software (Mac/Windows), and Progression for iPad.
PreSonus says that the acquisition will benefit users of both Notion and Presonus’ Studio One DAW. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via MooCowMusic, captures a performance of the aria Nessun Dorma, from Puccini’s Turandot, played live on an iPhone running Looptical Music Studio. Continue reading