The 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.
In this video, Olivier Briand demonstrates the sound of the rare Ondioline – an electronic keyboard, originally created in the 1940’s by Georges Jenny. Continue reading
This awesome vintage photo captures Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, looking super-cool playing the Moog modular (around June 1967). Continue reading
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 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
Synth designer Dave Smith (Sequential Circuits, Dave Smith Instruments) is featured in this new interview/lecture from Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo 2014. Continue reading
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
In 1988, Akai Pro introduced the Roger Linn-designed MPC 60 MIDI Production Center.
MPC’s went on to change electronic music, becoming a core piece of gear for a wide variety of electronic genres. Continue reading