A Very Jolly Synthesized Christmas

switched-on-santaVia WNYC, comes A Very Jolly Synthesized Christmas:

David Garland presents vintage recordings of holiday favorites performed on Moog, Buchla, and other analog synthesizers.

You might think this sonic tinsel would seem synthetic, but it’s full of genuine joy and warmth. Hear highlights from albums released in the late ’60s and early ’70s, including Douglas Leedy’s “A Very Merry Electric Christmas to You,” The Moog Machine’s “Christmas Becomes Electric,” and Sy Mann’s “Switched on Santa.”

And as a bonus, a Christmas visit with The Beatles!

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Happy New Year From Düsseldorf by Night

Reader Patrik K. Book (aka  Düsseldorf by Night) shares his New Year’s wishes for Synthtopia readers:

I am an avid reader of Synthtopia and I find your posts during the year very inspiring to me as an electronic music maker.

Here is a short video that I made wishing a happy new year to you guys at Synthtopia and all the Synthtopia readers.

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Carol of the Bells, Performed By A Choir Of Vintage Computers

Here’s a bit of holiday cheer that takes makes clever use of vintage computer technology.

This year’s holiday e-card for The Glasgow School of Art was put together by alumnus James Houston, using a collection of vintage computer gear. In the video, an ensemble of vintage Mac computers, a Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum + 1 and a SEGA Mega Drive perform a rendition of Carol of the Bells. Continue reading

Merry Synthmas! Was There A Synth Under Your Tree This Year?


Russian reader Roman Riabtsev shared this photo of his Christmas tree – and it looks like it was a very Merry Synthmas at his house!

We hope all our readers have a merry holiday season and that you and your families will have a great new year. And, no matter how you celebrate your holidays, we hope it is filled with music.

This year has been a great one for electronic musicians – with lots of great electronic music, affordable synths and some great new software. At the 2013 NAMM Show, last January, the Korg MS-20 Mini looked like it was going to be the best new synth of the year. But the year has brought great new synths from Moog, Novation, Dave Smith, Arturia and others, too.

Was there a synth under your tree this year? If there was – or if there’s a new synth module, app or or music gear that you’re excited about – leave a comment and let us know!