Composer Ty Unwin On His Moog Modular System 55

Composer Ty Unwin, who’s best known for his extensive credits composing for television documentaries and series, recently took delivery of one of the new Moog System 55 modular synthesizers.

In this video, Unwin shares his thoughts on his new synth, the role for 5U modular synths in electronic music studios and why there’s a place for the Ferraris or Lambourghinis of the synth world.  Continue reading

Bright Sparks, A Tribute To Electronic Music Pioneers, Now Available

brightsparksvimeoposter1Bright Sparks, a new film + album project that pay tribute to electronic music pioneers, is now available via its website.

The project began as a concept album by I Monster, inspired by various people and companies involved in the early days of the synthesizer. The began to look for a more interesting way of presenting the record and approached Dave Spiers and Chris Macleod, vintage synthesizer curators and the owners of GForce Software.

The idea then developed into the production of a combined digital package consisting of the Bright Sparks album and accompanying documentary.

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An Interview With Leafcutter John On The Art + Music + Technology Podcast

leafcutter-johnThe latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast is an interview with London-based songwriter & electronic music artist Leafcutter John.

Here’s what host Darwin Grosse has to say about the interview:

I’ve gotten so many requests to interview Leafcutter John – but it really blew up after his recent work at the Ableton Loop conference. I reached out to him and he was nice enough to say “Yes” to the interview request. What was cool is that it started out like an interview, but quickly turned into a chat about how we do our respective things.

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Ian Boddy Interview On The Art + Music + Technology Podcast

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The latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast is an interview with synthesist and DiN label head Ian Boddy.

Boddy keeps busy with a solo career, collaborations with other electronic music artists, sound design and running ambient electronic music label DiN.

Here’s what host Darwin Grosse has to say about the interview: Continue reading

Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka

Vangelis And The Journey to Ithaka is a 2014 documentary on the Acadamy Award winning Greek composer and synthesist.

The two-hour documentary includes interviews with Vangelis and many of his friends and colleagues, including Sean Connery, Hugh Hudson, Jessye Norman, Oliver Stone, Akiko Ebi, Julian Rachlin and many others.

It also includes rare, historical footage, most of which has never been seen before. In addition, the documentary includes recent footage of Vangelis improvising new music. Continue reading

Steve Roach Interview On Making Music With Modulars

Steve-Roach-synthesizers.comSynthesist Steve Roach is featured in the latest episode of the Echoes podcast.

Host John Diliberto talks with Roach about his new album, Skeleton Keys, which is an exploration of sequencers and large-format analog synthesizers.

“The entire album and all the interlocking parts are all created from the way you carve out these patterns, and sequences and rhythms, with hands on,” noites Roach, “So it really does have this feeling of shaping it, you know, like you’re carving something out using both hands on a large variety of knobs, on filters, envelopes and the essentials, of the components that make up the analog modular, the way I designed it for this style of music.” Continue reading

Rare Vangelis Interview – On His Greatest Achievement And More

vangelisThe latest episode of the Sinfini podcast features an interview with Academy Award winning composer/synthesist Vangelis.

Host Norman Lebrecht talks with Vangelis about his earliest musical memories, his ‘great mistake’, his greatest achievement, scoring films like Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire and more.

You can listen to the new Vangelis interview via the embed below or at the Sinfini site: Continue reading