The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble

This video, by , 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

Elektron Analog RYTM (HD Audio)

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!

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Interstellar Suite Anniversary Edition Now Available

interstellar-suite-25th-anniversaryTriplet 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.

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Switched-On Rite Of Spring

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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

Switched On Nutcracker

synthmas-synth-christmasFree 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:

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Richard Galbraith’s Polyphony – Analog Arrangements Of 16th Century Polyphonic Vocal Music

richard-gailbraith-polyphonyReader 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:

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