The original Skoog is a MIDI controller that looks like a big squishy toy. It was designed to be accessible and bring physical modeling synthesis, sampling and MIDI to users that may not be able to use a standard controller.
Now Skoog Music has announced the Skoog 2.0, above, a new version that’s designed to be more affordable and more powerful. Continue reading
This video captures part of Christopher Franke‘s live concert in London in Oct 1991. Continue reading
Tangerine Dream has been hugely influential in the world of film soundtracks, and, more recently, in the world of video game soundtracks. The group has scored over 50 films, including indie films, ‘b’ movies and mainstream Hollywood films.
While it was not their first soundtrack, their score for the 1977 William Friedkin flim, Sorceror, kicked off a 15-year period of intense soundtrack work.
The film was a bomb when it was released. It followed Friedkin’s critically acclaimed and wildly successful The Exorcist. Viewers may have expected another supernatural-themed story, based on the film’s title, or may have been put off by the film’s non-English sections.
Since then, though, Sorcerer has gained respect as an intense, existential thriller – and Tangerine Dream’s music has become one of their most well-respected soundtracks.
In this video, synthesist/composer Paul Haslinger (Tangerine Dream, Underworld, Death Race, Crank) shares his thoughs on composing, his approach to sound design and the role that HALion plays in these aspects of his work.
Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via graal7, captures a live (plus sequencer) cover of Tangerine Dream’s 1979 Force Majeure. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s a studio improvisation by Eric G., who calls his music “Old EM for a new time.”
He’s not joking about the old school sound, either. Readers may hear strong echoes of early 70’s sound of Tangerine Dream and Berlin School (Berliner Schule) music. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s an improvised Berlin School style concert, featuring Hajo Liese, Till Kopper & René van der Wouden.
The goal of this trio’s collaboration, according to van der Wouden, was “to do an improvised electronic music concert like those of the Tangerine Dream in the seventies by some fans.” Continue reading
Here’s a Free Music Friday double whammy!
Synthesist and modular synth developer Suit And Tie Guy has shared a couple of covers of the Tangerine Dream classic, Love On A Real Train.
“Both tracks were recorded as one contiguous take in the studio direct to 2 track and no editing was engaged,” he notes. “No processing other than compression was employed in the computer.”
But wait – there’s more! Continue reading