Dave Smith On The History Of Synths, From Analog To Digital And Back

This video captures a talk by electronic instrument designer Dave Smith on the history of synths, moving from analog to digital to software and now back to analog.

Smith gave the talk last night at Stanford’s CCRMA (The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics). Continue reading

Reverberations – A 12-Disk Retrospective Of The Music Of Pauline Oliveros

Reverberations: Tape + Electronic Music 1961-1970 is a 12-CD retrospective of the music of electronic music pioneer Pauline Oliveros. The set has been out of print and a is getting rereleased via a Kickstarter campaign.

Reverberations is a 12 disc collection of Pauline Oliveros’ early and unreleased electronic work, including her very first piece for tape made in 1961. The majority of these pieces have never before been released.

Oliveros helped found the San Francisco Tape Music Center; in the 60s, has taught music at Mills, UofC, Oberlin & Rensselaer; and her electroacoustic music has explored improvisation, meditation, psychoacoustic space and the idea of ‘deep listening’. Continue reading

Electronic Music Review

electronic-music-reviewAvant garde arts site Ubuweb has shared PDF copies of issues of the Electronic Music Review, which was published by the Independent Electronic Music Center from Jan 1967-Jul 1968 and edited by Reynold Weidenaar & Robert Moog.

The Electronic Music Review offers a look at the state of electroacoustic music in the late sixties.

It features articles by the like of Harold Bode, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Moog, Luciano Berio, Tristram Cary, Hugh Le Caine, Tod Dockstader, Alvin Lucier, Joel Chadabe, Gordon Mumma, Ray Dolby and Walter Carlos. Continue reading

Switched-on: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer

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On May 2, 2014, The History Center in Tompkins County, NY, in partnership with the Bob Moog Foundation, will open a new exhibition Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer.

The exhibit will explore the life of Dr. Robert Moog and the creation and evolution of the electronic instruments bearing his name. Based on new interviews with family members, colleagues, and contemporaries, including Herb Deutsch, Bernie Worrell, Bill Hemsath, Don Preston, David VanKoevering, Shirleigh Moog, David Borden, and others, the exhibition will offer a unique view into the life and work of Moog.

Robert Moog came to Ithaca, NY in 1957 to begin his PhD work at Cornell University. He founded the R.A. Moog, Co. in the late 1950s, selling theremins and theremin kits throughout Ithaca.

In 1963, Moog opened a storefront for his small factory, in nearby Trumansburg, NY. It was there that the Moog modular synthesizer and the iconic Minimoog were born. The factory grew to become a mainstay in the region until Moog sold the company in 1971, and the new owners moved it to Williamsville, NY.

Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer tells the story of Moog’s Trumansburg years, through the oral histories of those who knew him, worked with him, and shared his path in shaping a revolution in sound, technology, and music.

The exhibit will also feature a collection of rare Moog instruments.  Continue reading