Bianca Froese-Acquaye Announces Plans For TANGAUDIMAX, The Tangerine Dream Sound Museum

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Bianca Froese-Acquaye, widow of Tangerine Dream head Edgar Froese, has announced plans to create TANGAUDIMAX, The Tangerine Dream Sound Museum.

Froese (6 June 1944 – 20 January 2015) was the head and founder of the electronic band Tangerine Dream, from 1967 until his death.

Froese-Acquaye shared this video that offers a preview of some of the design concepts for the TD museum: Continue reading

That Time John Peel Played Fripp & Eno’s ‘No Pussyfooting’ Backwards

john-peel-no-pussyfooting-backwardsThe late BBC DJ John Peel is revered by many for his part in introducing progressive music of all types to British listeners.

John Peel (John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, August 30, 1939 – October 25, 2004), was the longest serving of BBC Radio 1 DJs – on air from 1967 until his death in 2004.

One of the most notorious broadcasts of his career, though, was the time in 1973 when he debuted Fripp & Eno’s proto-ambient album No Pussyfooting to the world, by accidentally playing it backwards, in its entirety.  Continue reading

Bright Sparks, A Tribute To Electronic Music Pioneers, Now Available

brightsparksvimeoposter1Bright Sparks, a new film + album project that pay tribute to electronic music pioneers, is now available via its website.

The project began as a concept album by I Monster, inspired by various people and companies involved in the early days of the synthesizer. The began to look for a more interesting way of presenting the record and approached Dave Spiers and Chris Macleod, vintage synthesizer curators and the owners of GForce Software.

The idea then developed into the production of a combined digital package consisting of the Bright Sparks album and accompanying documentary.

Here’s the official video preview: Continue reading

Composer John Eaton Has Died

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American composer John Charles Eaton (March 30, 1935 – December 2, 2015 ) has died.

Eaton is best known for his operatic works, but also composed for electronic instruments and also collaborated with instrument designers on some pioneering instruments, including the Eaton-Moog Multi-Touch Sensitive (MTS) keyboard – a precursor to today’s Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE) MIDI controllers.  Continue reading

New CD Celebrates The Polivoks Synthesizer

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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