EMS Founder Peter Zinovieff On The New Expressive E Touché Controller


2016 NAMM Show: French startup Expressive E will be introducing Touché, described as an ‘innovative controller with unmatched sensitivity’, at the Winter NAMM Show.

Today, they shared this teaser video for the Touché, which features EMS founder Peter Zinovieff sharing his impressions of the new controller and sharing his thoughts on why new types of electronic instruments are needed: Continue reading

iVCS3 Recreates The EMS VCS3 Synthesizer For iPad


apeSoft has introduced iVCS3 – a software version of the classic EMS VCS3.

The VCS3 was created in 1969 by Peter Zinovieff’s EMS company. The electronics were largely designed by David Cockerell and the machine’s distinctive visual appearance was the work of electronic composer Tristram Cary.

The VCS3 was one of the first portable commercially available synthesizers (portable in the sense that the VCS 3 was housed entirely in a small, wooden case).

The VCS3 was popular among progressive rock bands and was used on recordings by The Alan Parsons Project, Jean Michel Jarre, Hawkwind, Brian Eno (with Roxy Music), King Crimson, The Who, Gong, Pink Floyd and many others.  Continue reading

The Iconic Sounds Of Synthesis – ‘On The Run’ From ‘Dark Side of the Moon’

When it comes to iconic sounds of synthesis, few changed the shape of popular electronic music than the sequenced synth on Pink Floyd’s On The Run, from Dark Side Of The Moon.

In this short BBC video, David Gilmour explains how the On The Run sequence was created on the EMS Synthi A. The Synthi A was introduced in 1971, so it was a brand new tool when Pink Floyd was using it. Dark Side Of The Moon was released in 1973 and went on to sell 50 million copies.

Unfortunately for synthesists, the Synthi A is one of the rarest production synths ever made. Fans of the sound have turned to other synthesizers to recreate the classic sequence (E2 G2 A2 G2 D3 C3 D3 E3) – some more successfully than others.

Here are a few examples: Continue reading