Synth designer Peter Vogel, creator of the groundbreaking Fairlight CMI synthesizer, is featured in a new article in Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald.
Along with the print article, there is also a short video, embedded below, about the Fairlight and its influence on popular music since its debut in 1979. Keep an eye out for the clip of Herbie Hancock playing the instrument on Sesame Street: Continue reading →
Kurzweil has had a relatively low profile over the last few years – but seems to have regrouped and be making a comeback. As part of this, they are revisiting their heritage with Ray Kurzweil.
In this video, Ray Kurzweil shares the story of Stevie Wonder and the origin of the first Kurzweil keyboard. He’s joined by Kurzweil R&D gurus Tim Thompson and Hal Chamberlain.
While obviously a promo video designed to promote the relevancy of the current Kurzweil line, the video offers an interesting view of the history of Kurzweil keyboards. And Ray Kurzweil even shares his vision of what it will be like to make music, once we reach ‘the singularity’!
Every wonder how Stevie Wonder made the Superstition Clavinet part so funky?
Here, Funkscribe, dissects Stevie Wonder’s multitrack master recording of Superstition. In Protools, he isolates each of the eight Clavinet tracks to get a better understanding of the infamously funky part.
He notes, “Stevie’s Clavinet playing can not be copied, and can barely be understood!”
While Funkscribe concludes that there are 8 tracks of Clavinet that make up the funky part, it sounds like several of the tracks are actually alternate takes of the main riff and a counter-riff.
Without knowing more about mix, it sounds like it would take two Stevie Wonders to make Superstition as funky as it is.
Which means that we’re off the hook if our renditions aren’t quite so funky, right?
This is a couple of years old, but it’s so good you don’t want to miss it: a documentary look at Stevie Wonder, TONTO – a massive modular synth, early synthesists Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff and the early days of synth funk. Continue reading →
Amazing Robotic DJs Spin The Vinyl Posted on Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 in DJ – Comments: (4)
These guys aren’t laying down the turntable science yet, but the RobotLab Juke Bots are still pretty impressive.