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.

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‘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

Make Noise Intros Telharmonic, Multi-Voice, Multi-Algorithm Eurorack Module

MakeNoise_telharmonicMakeNoise has introduced the tELHARMONIC, a multi-voice, multi-algorithm Eurorack synthesizer module.

The new module, programmed by Tom Erbe, is inspired by Thaddeus Cahill’s Telharmonium, a proto-synth, originally created in 1897.

tELHARMONIC features three electronic tone generation techniques that are historically important, but infrequently implemented within modular synthesizers.

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