Free Music Friday: Reader Thom Martin (The Hybiscus Journals) has completed several more tracks in his ‘Switched On Nutracker’ project.
Here’s what he’s got to say about the tracks:
All sounds for these tracks were created on either Moog Rogue or Sequential Circuits Pro-One analog monophonic synthesizers and performed into Logic Express 8. There are a couple of spots where I did take advantage of the Pro-One’s on-board sequencer, but everything else was played in by hand. No MIDI was involved.
All sounds got a bit of reverb in Logic, and some of the noodly harp type parts also got a bit of delay or echo.
Here’s The Waltz of the Flowers:
Reader Doug Slocum – the guru behind Synthetic Sound Labs’ modular gear – let us know about an impressive new album of music that features analog arrangements of 16th century polyphonic vocal music.
Richard Galbraith’s Polyphony is a collection of 11 works, by Tallis, Byrd, de Lassus and others, arranged for modular analog synthesizer. Gailbraith doesn’t go the ‘switched on’ route, instead creating arrangements that – while definitely electronic – have more of an organic, orchestral feel.
Here’s a preview of the album:
Saturday Synth Porn: Best store window ever?
We’re pretty sure that the windows display at Switched On Music Electronics (Austin) has to be high on the list…..
via Switched On
Artists Mathew Kneebone and Yuri Suzuki created the project 6 Rubens Tubes Visualizer – a sort of steampunk music visualizer that uses wave flame tubes to use musical waves to modulate flames:
the antique physics equipment consisting of wave flame tubes or simple flame tubes has been reconfigured by the two designers to dance in time
with music. invented by german scientist heinrich rubens in 1905, the device was able to demonstrate acoustic standing waves and accurately
portray the relationship between sound waves and sound pressure.
The video captures a demonstration of the Visualizer, with the version of Baroque Hoedown, an early switched on style track by Gershon & Kingsley.
via Neatorama, designboom
At the beginning of the 70′s, synthesizers were largely considered a novelty. There were dozens of novelty ‘switched on’ albums, ranging from Switched On Beatles to Switched On Buck.
By the end of the decade, though, Keith Emerson had blown minds with his synth solo on Lucky Man, Kraftwerk had created the template for synth pop and Moroder and Summer had transported dance music into the future with I Feel Love. Synths have had a prominent place in music ever since.
What’s the best synth song of all time? Is it one of the 70′s classics, something from the synthpop heyday or something more modern?
Handel Modular fuga g-minor HWV 605
Here’s another switched-on style performance, a fuga of G.F. Handel, played on YUSYNTH modular by Daniel Philipp Stotz:
Maybe this fuga is a much earlier work, if you compare it with to HWV 608 of 609. It is very interresting, how carefully Beethoven studied not only Bach but even more Handel fugas. Please take a look at the fugas of Beethoven, mainly in the 9. Sinfonie!