Dance music and electronic soundtrack pioneer Giorgio Moroder has announced plans to release a new album – his first solo album in 30 years – in Spring 2015. The new album will be titled 74 Is The New 24.
The album will feature collaborations with a variety of artists, including Sia, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Mikky Ekko, Foxes, Matthew Koma & Britney Spears.
In conjunction with announcement, Moroder today released a new video, for the track 74 Is The New 24. You can watch the video or listen to the track via embeds below: Continue reading
Justin H Brierley has launched a Kickstarter project to help raise funds to produce a documentary on electronic music pioneer Tod Dockstader.
Dockstader is a composer, film maker, cartoonist, writer and, now, an Alzheimer’s patient. Continue reading
Electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder turned 74 at Moogfest 2014, where he was both a featured speaker and performer. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: In this vintage electronic music performance from 1977, electronic music pioneer Laurie Spiegel performs Improvisation on a ‘Concerto Generator’.
Spiegel plays the Bell Labs Digital Synthesizer, an experimental additive synthesizer designed by Harold G. Alles and Douglas Bayer at Bell Labs in 1977-78. Continue reading
Johns Hopkins University has announced that synthpop pioneer Thomas Dolby is joining their faculty as the first ‘Homewood Professor of the Arts’.
At Johns Hopkins, starting in the fall, he will be teaching ‘Sound on Film’, a collaboration between Homewood’s Film and Media Studies program and Peabody’s Recording Arts and Sciences program. In the programe, students create soundtracks for films.
Dolby will also be the artistic director of the Program in Sound on Film at Station North, helping to lead the university’s efforts in Baltimore’s arts and entertainment district. Continue reading
Electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick is featured in a new NPR interview that looks at his early, influential electronic works, his current work and his role as an ‘edm pioneer':
Morton Subotnick could fairly be called electronic music’s first hitmaker. His 1967 album Silver Apples of the Moon was an international sensation. Or, in his words, “It was like a bombshell.”
Silver Apples was the first piece of electronic music commissioned by a record label and was created on the first synthesizer small enough to sit on a table. Subotnick’s Greenwich Village workspace became a drop-in spot for musicians from The Mothers of Invention to The Grateful Dead to The Velvet Underground. One night, unfamiliar visitors arrived.
“Some [club owners] came in and said, ‘We just bought the name Electric Circus. We don’t know exactly what it is, but we were told if anyone knows, you would know.’ So I gave them a demonstration of an electric circus. They made me the director,” Subotnick says.
This video captures an interview with electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick, before his concert in Parma, Italy on September 29, 2013. Continue reading
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.