In the documentary, Brown takes you on a tour through the history of MIDI, from its troubled beginnings to its near ubiquity in recording studios around the world. It features an in-depth interview with MIDI pioneer Dave Smith, who notes, “I could plug in an instrument I designed over 30 years ago into an instrument I’m designing now and it’ll work just fine, it’ll work perfectly.” Continue reading
The Evolution Of Electronic Dance Music, edited by Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn, is a book that looks at the history of electronic dance music, through interviews with a variety of artists that helped define it.
The book is largely compiled from interviews published over the last 30 years, in Keyboard and Remix magazines. The artists interviewed are a ‘who’s who’ of electronic music: Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Juan Atkins, The Orb, Aphex Twin, Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, BT, The Crystal Method and many others.
Because of the age of many of the interviews, they offer a vintage perspective. So, while some of the discussion is dated, it also often offers a contemporary perspective from the artists, early in their careers. Continue reading
In a clip from a new BBC program on soundtracks, Vangelis explains how his famous theme to Chariots of Fire was a late addition that he had to fight for…..
Although there were other magnetic tape cartridge systems, Philips’ Compact Cassette became dominant as a result of Philips’ decision in the face of pressure from Sony to license the format free of charge.
Philips also released the Norelco Carry-Corder 150 recorder/player in the U.S. in November 1964. By 1966 over 250,000 recorders had been sold in the US alone and Japan soon became the major source of recorders. By 1968, 85 manufacturers had sold over 2.4 million players. Continue reading
Novation is celebrating their 21st anniversary this year and they stopped by Sonic State to talk with Nick Batt about the history of the company’s synths and other gear.
In this video, Novation’s Nick Bookman discusses the history of Novation synthesizers, from the BassStation to the BassStation 2. Along the way, he talks about some of their other devices and showcases a few. Continue reading