New CD Celebrates The Polivoks Synthesizer


Thirty-three years ago, in 1982, mass production began of the Polivoks, the classic Russian synthesizer, designed by circuit designer Vladimir Kuzmin, with hardware design by his wife Olimpiada.

To celebrate the 33-year history of the Polivoks, organizer Andrew Startsev has created a campaign to produce a CD of music that explores the capabilities of the Polivoks. Polivoks 33 is a collection of tracks, featuring the Polivoks, created by electronic musicians from around the world. Continue reading

Everything ARP Symposium Coming Nov 7, 2015

everything-arp-symposium-berkleeThe Electronic Production and Design Department of Berklee is hosting the 2015 Everything ARP Symposium Saturday, November 7, 2015, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Panelists for the event will be founder Alan R. Pearlman and former ARP employees, industry representatives, scholars, musicians, and producers. Continue reading

Free Concert To Celebrate The Career Of Composer & Educator Barry Schrader

Barry Schrader, current photoOn Saturday night, Sept 26, the CalArts School of Music will host a Farewell Concert for composer and educator Barry Schrader, right, who has been on the staff there for 45 years.

Schrader started composing electronic music in 1969 and joined the staff at CalArts in 1971. In the years since, he’s taught two generations of students, composed dozens of works and even scored several films, including an electronic score for the low-budget sci-fi film, Galaxy Of Terror.

Schrader is also founder of SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States). You can find out more about him in from our own Barry Schrader interview, more recent interviews at Tokafi and Matrixsynth and at his own siteContinue reading

Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka

Vangelis And The Journey to Ithaka is a 2014 documentary on the Acadamy Award winning Greek composer and synthesist.

The two-hour documentary includes interviews with Vangelis and many of his friends and colleagues, including Sean Connery, Hugh Hudson, Jessye Norman, Oliver Stone, Akiko Ebi, Julian Rachlin and many others.

It also includes rare, historical footage, most of which has never been seen before. In addition, the documentary includes recent footage of Vangelis improvising new music. Continue reading

The Philosophy Of Berlin School Synthesizer Music

In the last few weeks, we’ve featured a few videos from Ralph Baumgartl‘s vlog, featuring his discussions with the German synth group Thau.

In this video, Baumgartl talks with Thau (Bernd-Miachel Land and Frank Tischer) about why they play the music they do, their inspirations, and their take on what Berlin School synth music is.

Land & Tischer also do some in-studio improvisation, sharing their take on Berlin School.  Continue reading