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

Minimalist Terry Riley Was Remixing Before Remixing Was Cool – ‘You’re Nogood’

3349874992_3c83376dfe_oAmerican minimalist composer and performer Terry Riley is not as well known as fellow minimalists Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Nevertheless, his work – which explores tape looping, live performance with tape delay, microtonality, world music influences, synthesis and more – has been influential across several generations of musicians

An interesting example of his early work, You’re Nogood (1967), is essentially an avant garde remix of a soul song: Continue reading

‘I Dream of Wires’ Modular Synth Documentary Now Streaming on Netflix

i-dream-of-wiresThe theatrical version of the modular synth documentary I Dream of Wires is now available via streaming on Netflix in the US.

I Dream Of Wires is an independent documentary about the history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesizer. It features interviews with modular musicians, inventors and enthusiasts, including Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Gary Numan, Vince Clarke (Erasure), Morton Subotnick, Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle), Daniel Miller, Carl Craig, Flood, Cevin Key (Skinny Puppy), James Holden, Factory Floor, Legowelt, Clark, John Foxx and Bernie Krause and more.

Here’s a preview: Continue reading

‘Synthesized’ Score Now Available

Christoph Kresse, creator of the upcoming synth documentary Synthesized, let us know that the film’s score is now available. You can preview it via the embed above or via BandcampContinue reading