The J Dilla collection, donated by J Dilla’s mother, Maureen Yancey, includes his custom-made Minimoog Voyager synthesizer and his Akai MPC 3000 Limited Edition
The Smithsonian has announced the donation of significant artifacts from the family of award-winning hip-hop artist and producer, James “J Dilla” Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006).
The J Dilla collection, donated by J Dilla’s mother, Maureen Yancey, includes his custom-made Minimoog Voyager synthesizer and his Akai MPC 3000 Limited Edition, one of only 2,000 units released in 2000 Continue reading
Yamaha has introduced a news section on their website, celebrating 40 years of Yamaha synths.
The site features a 5 section history of Yamaha synths, a chronology of their synths and information on a 40th anniversary Motif XF.
Yamaha is releasing the information on the site in chronological order, with updates scheduled through November.
This video captures a talk by electronic instrument designer Dave Smith on the history of synths, moving from analog to digital to software and now back to analog.
Smith gave the talk last night at Stanford’s CCRMA (The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics). Continue reading
Reverberations: Tape + Electronic Music 1961-1970 is a 12-CD retrospective of the music of electronic music pioneer Pauline Oliveros. The set has been out of print and a is getting rereleased via a Kickstarter campaign.
Reverberations is a 12 disc collection of Pauline Oliveros’ early and unreleased electronic work, including her very first piece for tape made in 1961. The majority of these pieces have never before been released.
Oliveros helped found the San Francisco Tape Music Center; in the 60s, has taught music at Mills, UofC, Oberlin & Rensselaer; and her electroacoustic music has explored improvisation, meditation, psychoacoustic space and the idea of ‘deep listening’. Continue reading
This video, via synthpro, takes a look at a Moog Polymoog prototype. Here’s what Synthpro has to say about the video: Continue reading
The Bob Moog Foundation shared this video, taken from a 1970 promo for the film Performance, starring Mick Jagger.
In the clip, Jagger is shown working on his Moog modular synthesizer, which, the narrator notes, is capable of “reproducing any sound in the World”. Continue reading
This video captures a Ted Talk by UK producer Mark Ronson, examining the ways that sampling has transformed music. Continue reading
The Shape Of Things That Hum is a synthesizer documentary series, originally aired by Channel 4 in the UK in 2001.
Featured instruments include:
- Mini Moog 00:12
- Vocoder 09:45
- DX7 20:19
- Fairlight 30:27
- Simmons 40:12
- TB-303 50:27
- TR-808 1.01.01
- Akai Sampler 1.11.20