Free Music Friday: Reader Ian (poictesme) wrote in to let us know about his new release and to share some kind words:
I’ve just released Mauve Oblong, a 4 track EP of electronica under my stage name poictesme – “blending environmental, animal and machine sounds, synth and instrumental samples, beats and loops, the cosmic, the nostalgic and the mythic into something pleasing to the human ear.”
I came across Synthtopia at a time when life was more than ordinarily difficult. The information on the site has given me the tools and the encouragement to create my own electronic music, which has made a big difference to me. So this little EP is a way of saying thank you for helping to keep me sane!
Glad to hear that Synthtopia helped Ian reach his goal of creating and releasing his own music, and great to see him giving back to others!
Mauve Oblong is available for streaming and name-your-own-price download (including “free”) via bandcamp.
Free Music Friday: Reader Jono Wise sent word about a free EP created primarily with the Korg MicroSampler.
Here’s what Wise has to say about the release, inVALID INvalidE.P.:
I recorded various sounds into the Microsampler, often making use of the 6k lofi mode, after this the tracks were played live into Ableton live, some tracks make use of post processing and overdubs, other tracks were pretty much just printed to audio, compression added and thats it.
The Tracks all come from one Bank on the microsampler that I recorded and are based on one central theme and variations on that. It was an interesting experiment in using the same music ideas and sounds for more than one track.
This set of videos, from 1985, takes a look at The Secrets of Analog & Digital Synthesis.
It’s obviously dated, starting with the “Listen to the sound coming from your VCR right now.” Nevertheless, there’s some solid coverage of synth basics and the videos also offer a vintage look at synths.