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.

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An Interview With Chiptune Composer Alex Mauer


8-bit-composer-alex-mauerIn this post, guest author Joe E. Allen interviews composer Alex Mauer. Mauer is well-known within chiptune, with popular releases such as Blast 1 and 2, 9999 and Vegavox – the first album ever released on a NES cartridge – to his name.

Recently he’s been able to turn his passion for chiptune and synth music into a living, soundtracking the 2013 movie, Motivational Growth, using the Commodore 64 and NES. He’s also currently heading up the soundtrack for Starr Mazer, a Kickstarter-funded indie game.

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The Legacy Of Tod Dockstader, On The Art + Music + Technology Podcast

tod-dockstaderThe legacy of Tod Dockstader is the subject of this episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast.

Dockstader died recently, at the age of 82, leaving behind a body of work that he described as ‘organized sound’.

In this podcast, host Darwin Grosse talks with Justin Brierley, who spent a lot of time with Tod Dockstader before his death.

Justin Brierley had been interacting with Dockstader and his daughter Tina for some time, starting with his interest during a stint at school. He subsequently was able to work with Tod’s computer (containing much unreleased material), but perhaps more importantly he was able to spend time with Tod before his death, talking about music and more. Continue reading

Experimental Synth’s Chris Stack On The Art + Music + Technology Podcast

experimental-synth-chris-stackMulti-instrumentalist Chris Stack (ExperimentalSynth.com), right, is featured in a new interview in the Art + Music + Technology podcast.

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

Chris Stack is about as multiply-experienced as anyone you can imagine.

He was a marketing manager at Moog Music, and was instrumental in the launch of the Moog Guitar. He’s been working with Paul Vo on his new and unique brand of synthesis. And he runs a little site called ExperimentalSynth.com that highlights interesting new developments in music hardware, and keeps an active feed on Facebook that keeps all of us up-to-date with cool videos.

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