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

‘Bach To Moog’ Sneak Preview

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Moog Music has released a new preview video for Bach To Moog – a new album, by Craig Leon, that explores using the Moog modular synthesizer as part of a classical ensemble.

Bach to Moog, coming May 4th from Sony Classical, showcases the reissued Moog Modular Synthesizer, as well as other current Moog synthesizer, in new arrangements of the work of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Unlike the Walter/Wendy Carlos classic, Switched On Bach, the arrangements handle the synthesizer as part of a classical ensemble, rather than an alternative.

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Richard Galbraith’s Polyphony – Analog Arrangements Of 16th Century Polyphonic Vocal Music

richard-gailbraith-polyphonyReader Doug Slocum – the guru behind Synthetic Sound Labs’ modular gear – let us know about an impressive new album of music that features analog arrangements of 16th century polyphonic vocal music.

Richard Galbraith’s Polyphony is a collection of 11 works, by Tallis, Byrd, de Lassus and others, arranged for modular analog synthesizer. Gailbraith doesn’t go the ‘switched on’ route, instead creating arrangements that – while definitely electronic – have more of an organic, orchestral feel.

Here’s a preview of the album:

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