J Dilla’s Minimoog Going To The Smithsonian Museum

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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

40 Years Of Yamaha Synthesizers

40-years-of-yamaha-synthesizersYamaha 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.

Dave Smith On The History Of Synths, From Analog To Digital And Back

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 – A 12-Disk Retrospective Of The Music Of Pauline Oliveros

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