Interstellar Suite Getting 25th Anniversary Surround Sound Mix & More

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At the 2012 NAMM Show, I had the opportunity to talk with composers Amin Bhatia and Dave Gross about a project that they were starting – a surround sound version of Bhatia’s orchestral electronica classic, The Interstellar Suite.

Bhatia is probably best known for his soundtrack work for television, film and iMax projects, including Flashpoint, Iron Eagle II, and John Woo’s Once A Thief.

But Bhatia kicked off his career with an orchestral electronica album, The Interstellar Suite, that was inspired in part by his love of the soundtracks of John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith and in part by the classitronica works of synthesists like Isao Tomita. The suite features 9 sections, orchestrated for layers of synthesizers (Roland JX 10; Yamaha TX 816; Oberheim Expander; and a Minimoog) and a pair of crash cymbals.

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Arranging Classitronica – Mike Leghorn On His Synth Version Of Holst’s The Planets

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Sonic State’s Nick Batt talks with Mike Leghorn, who is currently working on a new synthesized arrangement of Gustav Holst’s The Planets.

The Planets has been a popular work with synthesists, since Isao Tomita released his arrangement of it in the 70’s.

Leghorn discusses working from a MIDI version of the score, creating an orchestral electronica arrangement, synth orchestration and tackling a large classical work.

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Can The 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremony Top This?

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The 2010 Olympics kick off tonight in Vancouver – but it will be hard for the opening ceremony to top this.

The Panathenean Stadium (Panathinaiko Stadio) of Athens, an ancient 90,000 seat all-marble stadium, was the site of the Opening Ceremony of the 6th IAAF World Championships in Athletics of 1997.

Vangelis Papathanasiou handled the music & the artistic direction of the event.

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Tomita Style Version Of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

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This is Paul Shillito‘s Tomita-style version of Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring Introduction.

Shillito calls this his classitonic style – influenced by the electronic interpretations of classical music done by Isao Tomita and Wendy Carlos in the late 60’s and 70’s.

He plans a complete version of The Rite Of Spring.

Soft synths used on this included the Arturia Minimoog V2, Arturia Moog Modular, Arturia Jupiter 8V, Arturia Yamaha CS80V and soundtoys effects. Continue reading