Kurt Weill’s ‘Lost In The Stars’, On Theremin + EXH Talking Machine

Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a performance, by Rob Schwimmer, of Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars.

Schwimmer uses a Moog Etherwave Theremin, played through an Electro Harmonix Talking Machine, inspired by Peter Pringle’s virtuosic performance of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma.

Schwimmer has worked with a wide range of artists, ranging from Antonio Carlos Jobim to Laurie Anderson to Stevie Wonder.

Theremin Opera, With Subscope Theremin + EHX Talking Machine

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Thereminist Améthyste Spardel performs a haunting rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu on Subscope Theremin, run through an Electro-Harmonix Talking Machine.

The Talking Machine is a programmable formant filter, designed to create vocal effects controlled by the player’s dynamics. In this performance, the Talking Machine is set to a fixed ‘ah’ sound.

See also Peter Pringle’s amazing theremin vocal synthesis of Nessun Dorma.

Electro-Harmonix Superego Synth Engine Effects

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‘Effectology’ expert Bill Ruppert is back, with the latest in his series of videos that look at using effects pedals as a sort of modular synthesizer.

In his latest video, Ruppert explores the possibilities of granular synthesis, with Electro-Harmonix’s Superego Synth Engine. No keyboards, samplers or midi pickups were used.

For more info and pedal settings, see the EXH forum.

Kebu Analog Remix Of Above & Beyond’s ‘You Got To Go’

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Sunday Synth Jam: Kebu’s video for his remix of Above & Beyond’s You Got To Go is part synth porn, part synth jam and part tutorial, with call outs throughout explaining how key pieces of gear are being used.

The analog synths and drum machines were triggered live by a MIDI sequencer and mixed together with the vocal using an analog mixer and hardware effects.

Equipment used: Korg Mono/Poly, Polysix, Poly-61; Roland Juno-60, Alpha Juno, TR-808 (w. MIDI); Moog Source; Oberheim Matrix 6R; Vermona DRM1 Mk III; Electro Harmonix Small Stone; Boss BD-2 (H2O mod), DD-3; Lexicon MPX500; DBX 290; Emagic AMT8; M-Audio Midisport 8×8/s; Alesis iO26; Cubase SL 1.06; Allen & Heath GS1; Yamaha S30 (as MIDI keyboard); Doepfer MCV1; Kenton Pro 2.

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Electro-Harmonix Effectology – World Music Sounds

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EHX’s Bill Ruppert continues his excellent series, Electro-Harmonix Effectology, with a look at creating “world music” sounds using just a guitar and effects pedals.

The Effectology series explores the idea of using EHX effects pedals in a modular manner to create sounds that are far removed from the traditional sound of the guitar.

You an get pedal setting details at the EHX forum.

Use Your Guitar As A String Synthesizer

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The latest episode of Bill Ruppert’s Electro-Harmonix Effectology series looks at how to turn you guitar into a string synth and tin whistle using effects pedals.

While this is a little bit off topic, it’s always impressive to see how Ruppert uses his guitar and effects as a sort of modular synthesizer.

See the EHX site for pedal settings.

‘Incredible’ Synth Music Jam

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Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s another one of synthesist Martin Peters‘ Berlin School style synth jams, Incredible.

“The title refers to my friend Anne,” notes Peters,  “She is a truly incredible woman.”

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