Joseph Byrd‘s electronic take on Carol of the Bells comes from his rare 1975 album, A Christmas Yet To Come.
A Christmas Yet To Come features traditional Christmas carols, arranged for synthesizer in a fairly restrained ‘switched on’ style. Continue reading
Douglas Leedy’s A Very Merry Electric Christmas To You is another vintage holiday album in the ‘switched on’ tradition.
According to the cover, the album features “Traditional Christmas Favorites, specially arranged for Moog and Buchla”. Continue reading
Sy Mann’s Switched On Santa is a vintage holiday album, from the original 70’s explosion of ‘switched on’ and ‘Mooged out’ albums. Continue reading
This video, by Andy McCreeth, captures the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble performing at a recent rehearsal.
In the video, the group is playing English Country Dance, from Gregory’s composition, The Service Of Tim Henman.
Will Gregory is partners with Alison Goldfrapp in the synthpop duo Goldfrapp. The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble first performed together in 2005, as part of the Bath Festival, recreating some of the Switched on Bach arrangements of Wendy Carlos. Continue reading
Eli at Austin’s Switched On let us know about this quick demo they made of Elektron’s new drum machine, the Analog Rytm:
During our trip to NAMM 2014 we were allowed some hands on experience with Elektron’s new 8-voice analog drum machine and sampler, the Analog RYTM.
We quickly learned the ropes and began an improv track.
Audio was recorded directly!
They outline these key features: Continue reading
Reader Thom Martin has released his version of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, arranged in the ‘switched on’ style with analog monophonic synthesizers.
A Switched-On Nutcracker is available via Bandcamp. Continue reading
Triplet Records has released the silver anniversary edition of The Interstellar Suite – a pioneering work of symphonic electronic music.
The Interstellar Suite 25th Anniversary Edition is available in High Definition 5.1 surround sound as a 96/24 HiRes .flac download at High Res Audio, a high resolution music download service based in Germany. A HiRes stereo .flac version is also available.
The Interstellar Suite, Bhatia’s first album, is an original symphonic composition, orchestrated for synthesizers. Bhatia’s work builds on the work of Tomita and Wendy Carlos, but benefits from a decade of technical advancements from the time of their best-known works. The arrangements are for a ‘synthesizer orchestra’, prominently featuring the Moog Minimoog. The work was sequenced on a Roland MCA500, with only 16 MIDI channels.
You can learn more about the history of The Interstellar Suite, and the details behind its electronic orchestration, in our interview with Amin Bhatia.
Synthesist Marc Spooner (keyboardist for American symphonic progressive rock band Metaphor) has recorded an all-synthesizer (plus Mellotron) switched-on version of Stravinsky’s Rite Of Spring, in time for the 100th anniversary of the ballet.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of the Wendy Carlos and Tomita and Synergy albums and no one had ever done an electronic version of the entire score of The Rite, so I figured I’d do it myself!” Continue reading