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.
Every Sunday, we try to feature some of the most interesting synth jams and electronic music jams of the week.
This neoclassical synth + organ improvisation, Aria in D Major by Douglas Cassell, was improvised to explore his Roland Fantom XR’s newly installed SRX-06 Complete Orchestra Wave Expansion Board.
Cassell calls his home setup Orchestrator II. It features a stack of three MIDI keyboards (from Kurzweil, Korg & Roland) dominated by an American Guild of Organists’ 32-note pedal board & a 12-stop pipe organ.