Moogfest Daytime Lineup To Feature Moroder, Anderson, Emerson, Buchla, Oberheim, Smith, Linn And More

laurie-andersonMoogfest 2014 organizers have announced their lineup of daytime presenters, which includes a kick-ass lineup of futurists, musicians, scientists, authors, filmmakers and pioneers of electronic music instrument design.

The lineup includes multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, film composer Cliff Martinez, futurist thinkers Jerome Glenn, Nick Bostrom, and George Dvorsky plus MIT Media Lab’s Joseph Paradiso, Sonification Professor Bruce Walker, and more from Make Magazine, OMNI, and SETI (Search of Extraterrestrial Intelligence).

And then there’s the Electronic Music Instrument Pioneers: Herbert Deutsch, Roger Linn, Don Buchla, Tom Oberheim, Dave SmithMalcolm Cecil, Keith Emerson and more.

Moogfest takes place April 23-27th, 2014 in downtown Asheville, NC.

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The Buchla Electric Music Box – Recreating A Classic

At the 2013 NAMM Show, Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments’ Jeffrey Vallier gave us an overview of the new Electric Music Box.

The Electric Music Box is a close recreation of one of Don Buchla’s classic synthesizers.  Continue reading

What Classic Electronic Music Gear Should Roland Bring Back?

roland-logoAt the 2013 NAMM Show, one of the biggest trends was that companies are looking to the past for inspiration and bringing classic gear of the past to new audiences.

The two most notable examples of this were probably the Buchla Electronic Music Instruments’ Electric Music Box – a recreation of a Don Buchla classic – and the Korg MS-20 Mini – a new version of their classic analog synthesizer.

Roland has their own treasure chest of vintage electronic music gear designs that they could mine, ranging from their vintage synths. to their classic analog and digital drum machines, to their unique bassline synths.

Do you think that Roland should revisit the past for inspiration? If so – what piece of classic Roland gear should they bring back?

Morton Subotnick Interview On Changes In Electronic Music, The Limitations Of MIDI

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In this episode of the DubSpot Wireless interview series, electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick talks with Raz Mesinai about the evolution of music technology over the last 60 years.

Subotnick offers a critique of conventional approaches to electronic music and shares his perspective on the limitations of MIDI. Along the way, the interview features excerpts from Subotnick’s music.

Subotnick blew people’s minds in 1967 with his electronic album Silver Apples of The Moon. Subotnick continues to compose, tour, and work on interactive electronics and multimedia projects. And he’s recently released an iOS music app, Pitch Painter.

Suzanne Ciani – Lixiviation

Suzanne Ciani - LixiviationFinders Keepers Records has released a new album that compiles rare tracks by synth goddess Suzanne Ciani.

Ciani is best known for her more recent new age recordings, but she is also one of the first musicians to make a career as a synthesist.

After completing an MA in music composition, Ciani was introduced to synth designer Don Buchla, whose Buchla 200 synthesizer would come to define much of her work for the next two decades.

Here’s what Finders Keepers Records has to say about Ciani’s new release:

Finders Keepers Records are happy to announce a new creative archive based relationship with Suzanne Ciani, a very unique and celebrated experimental composer in her own right, who, as one of the very few female composers in the field (Save Chicago’s Laurie Spiegel, Italy’s Doris Norton, and a post-op Walter Wendy Carlos) turned a hugely significant wheel behind-the-screens of many early computerised music modules throughout the 1980s dating back to her formative years studying at Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence Labs in the early 70s.

Suzanne Ciani’s detailed and academic approach to music and electronics coupled with an impeccable sense of timing and melody (and a good sense of humour) shines throughout this new collection of previously unreleased recordings. Lixiviation complies and recontextualises both secret music and commercial experiments of Suzanne Ciani made for micro-cosmic time slots and never previously documented on vinyl or CD.

This is the first sneak peek of the early Ciani metal music and non-pop that later went on see her nominated for multiple Grammy awards for her later achievements which brought synthesiser music to the new age movement.

Ciani’s Lixiviation is set for release Feb 28th. It’s available for preorder at Amazon.

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