First International Kraftwerk Conference Scheduled For Jan 2015

kraftwerk-man-maschineThe first ever international academic conference on Kraftwerk will take place at Aston University on Jan 21-22, 2015.

Kraftwerk specialists from Britain, Finland, Austria, the Netherlands and the US, will present papers dealing with the band’s music and the impact it has had on other artists.

Details on the conference are available at the University’s site.

A Vintage Buchla Christmas

Warner Jepson’s Buchla Christmas is a previously unreleased collection of electronic holiday music, created on a Buchla modular synthesizer in 1969.

The music was created by Jepson at Mills College Electronic Music Studios in December 1969. It was created on the Buchla 100 analog modular synthesizer and recorded to Ampex PR-10 tape recorder. Continue reading

Roland Announces ‘Aira House Originator’ Events In NYC, Minneapolis, Atlanta

Roland_AIRA_House_Originators_SeriesRoland has announced a series of Aira House Originator events, in NYC, Minneapolis and Atlanta.

The events will feature Roland’s AIRA Crew and a local originator of a style or movement in electronic music. The ‘originators’ include producers Frankie Bones, Freddy Fresh, DJ Pierre (Phuture) and others.

The events are designed for musicians and music aficionados to be able to learn about both the history and technology of electronic music production and performance.  Continue reading

Rare Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer Auctioned For $20K

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Last month, we shared news about a rare Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer that was up for auction.

The Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer is considered by some to be the first electronic synthesizer. It uses tuning forks, controlled by electromagnets, to generate fundamentals and overtones, the intensity of which can be varied to create different types of sounds. While it was a synthesizer, it was more a scientific instrument than a musical one.

The Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer above, built around 1905, sold today for US $20,000.  Continue reading