Sunday Synth Jam: Mr Müller, former assistant of Karl Heinz Stockhausen), performs on sine wave generator, FM radio and 3 tape machines. One tape machine is used to gate the sound input and the other two are used to make echo and reverb and overdub.
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.
How silly it is to have a computer screen?QWERTY keyboard and mouse on one side, MIDI keyboard on the other?and somehow try to have fun.
Fun is extremely important when playing with a synth! Menus and typing and clicking and so on . . . even using a control surface is not ideal when the knobs? functions change or don?t have logical placement relative to the instrument they?re controlling. It just doesn?t feel or act like a musical instrument.
(Hardware) is fun. It has knobs and switches. And, unlike soft synths, it?ll still work in 10 years. Soft synths have to be ported forever to new operating systems, platforms, and endless versions.
I like designing an instrument once, then moving on, not working on the same thing forever. The Evolver first shipped in 2002; we’re still selling it eight years later, and there?s still nothing that can touch it!
Producer Jeff E. Winner shared this video with us, one of the bonus scenes on Stan Warnow’s Deconstructing Dad DVD.
In the video, WInner & Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO check out Raymond Scott’s Motown Electronium, a unique early electronic music device.
Deconstructing Dad is a documentary that looks at the life and work of electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott.
The latest episode of Motherboard TV features an interview with electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick.
Subotnick co-founded the San Francisco Tape Music Center, played a key role in the development of the Buchla modular synthesizer, created the seminal album Silver Apples Of The Moon and has created educational computer music games for children.
Subotnick is still active and performing live.
In preparation for the 2012 Bloc Festival, organizers interviewed the headliners, including pioneering electroacoustic and classical composer Steve Reich.
Reich talks about the relationship between West African and Balinese music and his early tape loop music. He goes on to discuss how this affected his early works.
Reich’s work has been tremendously influential in electronic music, and is echoed in works by Tangerine Dream, Mike Oldfield, The Orb and many others.