Sunday Synth Jam: Mid-century style electronic music artist Atomic Shadow performas a ‘semi improvisation featuring tape machines, sine wave generators, burst generator, tape echo, various effects, and a dash of reverb.”
He adds, “This piece includes sounds recorded during a very recent trip to the hospital.”
The latest episode of Motherboard TV features an interview with electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick.
Subotnick co-founded the San Francisco Tape Music Center, played a key role in the development of the Buchla modular synthesizer, created the seminal album Silver Apples Of The Moon and has created educational computer music games for children.
Subotnick is still active and performing live.
In preparation for the 2012 Bloc Festival, organizers interviewed the headliners, including pioneering electroacoustic and classical composer Steve Reich.
Reich talks about the relationship between West African and Balinese music and his early tape loop music. He goes on to discuss how this affected his early works.
Reich’s work has been tremendously influential in electronic music, and is echoed in works by Tangerine Dream, Mike Oldfield, The Orb and many others.
This is what electronic music sounded like 60 years ago – Pierre Schaeffer’s Etude Aux Chemins De Fer.
Etude aux Chemins de Fer (Railroad Study), composed in 1948, is an audio mashup of steam engines, whistles, and other railroad sounds. Schaeffer coined the term ‘musique concrète’ to describe this type of electronic music, which was made ‘concretely’ by working directly with sounds on tape,
Berna Vintage Electronic Studio – a Mac OS X software recreation of the classical electronic music studio – is now available for 10.69? as a digital download. A demo version is available.
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Kid Baltan (Dick Raaijmakers) and Tom Dissevelt at Philips “Nat. Lab” in 1959, explaining how electronic tape music is made.
Broadcast by VARA television (Netherlands) on January 17, 1959