Inventor Ray Kurzweil will receive the 2015 Technical Grammy Award Sunday, Feb 8th, for his work in the field of music technology.
The Technical Grammy Award is a Special Merit Award presented by vote of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Trustees, for contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.
Kurzweil is a best selling author, futurist, computer scientist and inventor. He is credited as a principal innovator of omni-font optical character recognition, text to speech synthesis and speech recognition technology.
He founded Kurzweil Music Systems in 1982 and in 1984 introduced the Kurzweil K250, a computer based instrument that could realistically create sounds of a grand piano and other orchestra instruments. Continue reading
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2015 NAMM Show: Moog Music today announced that it is reintroducing the classic Moog Modular synthesizer, including three iconic systems: the System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15.
These three modular synthesizer systems were originally created and manufactured by Moog in 1973. Moog plans limited run manufacturing of the three systems, using the same parts and techniques that were used to build the originals.
Here’s Moog’s take on why they are reintroducing the Moog Modular:
The reintroduction of these instruments is not about reliving the past – while much incredible work has been done with the Moog Modular, there is so much further yet to be explored in this relatively young instrument. Artists had only begun to grasp the vast possibilities of these large format modular synthesizers when they went out of production over thirty years ago.
Decades of electronic experimentation have enabled musicians to move on from viewing the Moog Modular as a replacement for traditional instrumentation. Now a new generation of artists, with a greater understanding and more complex tools, will have the opportunity to explore the power of these singular sonic machines.
Today, the modular synthesizer is viewed in the manner Bob Moog originally intended: to “discover endless offbeat, unconventional, and even irrational ways of working.”
Here’s their intro video for the new modular systems: Continue reading
Klaus Schulze is one of the seminal artists of electronic music.
He was an early member of Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel, but quickly established himself as a solo electronic artists. In the 70’s, Schulze helped define the ‘Berlin School’ of electronic music – a new style of music that was performed almost completely on synthesizers.
Over the last 5 decades, Schulze has been prolific, releasing more than 60 albums. He’s also released 50+ CDs of material from his vaults that didn’t make it onto his ‘official’ albums.
As a result, his massive discography is daunting.
Here are five essential Klaus Schulze albums, covering both his classic and more recent work. This is not intended to be a ‘best of’ list – but, instead, a selection of albums that provide an introduction to the full range and scope of Klaus Schulze’s work. Continue reading