The LA Times reports that Robert Moog, ‘EDM pioneer’ has been inducted into the Inventors Hall Of Fame..
We’re glad to see Moog get well-deserved recognition – even if it’s for throwing down sick beats, dropping the bass and all that EDM stuff that he’s so well known for.
Pioneering electronic musician Bruce Haack visited Mr Rogers Neighborhood on May 22, 1968, blowing minds of children everywhere.
Watch closely, and you’ll see that Haack demonstrates a wide range of electronic music techniques that a lot of musicians would consider experimental today, close to 50 years later. Haack’s techniques included circuit bending, found instruments, experimental instrument interfaces, skin conductance music controllers, gestural controllers and more. Continue reading
The BBC has published some online demonstrations that recreate the sounds of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop using the Web Audio API:
Explore the BBC sound of the 1960s with our 4 demos of Radiophonic equipment, built with the new Web Audio API standard. Each demo comes with commented code, so you can learn how to build your own audio applications.
The demos include simulations of the Workshop’s gunfire effects, the ‘Wobbulator’, tape loops & a ring modulator.
Mordant Music has re-issued (and remixed) an album of experimental electronic production music from the Boosey & Hawkes Library by the legendary Tod Dockstader. Amazing analogue synthetic textures and rhythms.
This LP was first issued by library music label Boosey & Hawkes in 1979, and renders some 23 electronic cues of exceptional calibre, at once freaky, funky, spaced-out and wonderfully dramatic – and all coming from an avowed non-musician. Much like Daphne Oram – another sonic autodidact who was also shunned by the establishment – Dockstader’s music has a genuinely alien, ethereal quality……
Audio samples and details are available at boomkat.
Dockstader is a self-taught electronic musician and the subject of a short documentary, Unlocking Dockstader.
via iain roberton
Producers Alex Noyer, Arthur Baker and Alex Dunn have released this preview of an upcoming documentary on the Roland TR-808 and its role in music.
Planet Rock And Other Tales Of The 808 is scheduled for release in 2013.
Unlocking Dockstader is a short documentary film, by Justin H Brierley, that takes a look at the life and legacy of electronic music pioneer Tod Dockstader:
I’ve been working with legendary electronic composer Tod Dockstader for the last year, trying to write his life story and uncover the mysteries of his as-yet-unreleased late works.
The first phase of this work is the short documentary seen above.