An Interview With John Mills-Cockell (Syrinx / Intersystems)

This video, via Electronic Voyager, captures an interview with Canadian composer John Mills-Cockell, whose resume includes scores for The National Arts Centre, Toronto Dance Theatre, Toronto Repertory Orchestra and others; being a founding member of electronic rock band Syrinx and the multimedia group, Intersystems; and scoring Terror TrainContinue reading

808 Documentary Getting Simultaneous Apple Music/iTunes & Theatrical Release

free-roland-808-sample-libraryAtlantic Films and You Know Films have announced plans to release the Roland TR-808 documentary, 808, simultaneously on Apple Music/iTunes and in theaters, later this year.

The film chronicles the story of the Roland TR-808 drum machine and its use in popular music. The film features commentary and contributions from Pharrell Williams, Afrika Bambaataa, The Beastie Boys, Damon Albarn, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Diplo, New Order, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Rick Rubin, Jellybean Benitez, Hank Shocklee, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and others.

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Synthetic Sound Labs Recreates 1939 VODER Talking Machine

Voder_Doug_Slocum_SSL_Bell_LaboratoriesThe VODER “talking machine,” originally created by Bell Laboratories for the 1939 New York World’s Fair and San Francisco Exhibitions, has been recreated using modern components made by Synthetic Sound Labs (SSL), under contract by Nokia Bell Labs.

The new VODER is going to be played later this month as part of the Human Digital Orchestra during the (invitation-only) First Shannon Conference on the Future of the Information Age at Bell Labs in New Jersey.  The conference is being billed as a celebration of the centennial of Claude Shannon’s birth, whose early information-theory concepts “form the basis of many of today’s digital computing and transmission techniques.” The VODER will be played by SSL’s founder, Doug Slocum.
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Bebe Barron Interview On The Sounds of Forbidden Planet

louis_and_bebe_barron_againThis interview with electronic music pioneer Bebe Barron (June 16, 1925 – April 20, 2008), by KFAI radio’s Jerry Modjeski, was recorded in 2000.

Barron, was co-composer with her husband Louis Barron, of the soundtrack for the 1956 sci-fi movie Forbidden Planet. The soundtrack is considered to be the first entirely electronic score for a film.

Here’s how Louis and Bebe explained the creation of Forbidden Planet soundtrack: Continue reading