The History Of The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Pioneers of Sound is a short documentary that looks at the history and influence of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop was originally created in 1958, to create sound effects and music for radio. It was closed in March 1998, because other alternatives had become available.

Since then, several of the original members of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop have regrouped as an electronic music group, Radiophonic Workshop.

R Is For Roland

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R Is For Roland is a new hardcover book about the history of 23 selected Roland synthesizers and drum machines, from 1973 until 1987, that revolutionized the world of electronic music.

The book features over 384 pages, filled with portraits of the machines, detailed insight into the history and scores of artist interviews.

It features Lee “Scratch” Perry, Au Revoir Simone, Portishead, Nightmares On Wax, The Hacker, Jeff Mills, The Egyptian Lover, Plastikman, Mathew Jonson, Legowelt, Martyn Ware and many more… Continue reading

David Friend On The History Of The ARP Odyssey

At the 2015 NAMM Show, Korg formally introduced their new version of the ARP Odyssey analog synthesizer during a two-hour event.

The highlight of the event was ARP President & co-founder David Friend, who shared his story of the history of ARP and the creation of the ARP Odyssey.  Continue reading

Ray Kurzweil Awarded Technical Grammy Award

ray-kurzweilInventor Ray Kurzweil will receive the 2015 Technical Grammy Award Sunday, Feb 8th, for his work in the field of music technology.

The Technical Grammy Award is a Special Merit Award presented by vote of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Trustees, for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

Kurzweil is a best selling author, futurist, computer scientist and inventor. He is credited as a principal innovator of omni-font optical character recognition, text to speech synthesis and speech recognition technology.

He founded Kurzweil Music Systems in 1982 and in 1984 introduced the Kurzweil K250, a computer based instrument that could realistically create sounds of a grand piano and other orchestra instruments.  Continue reading