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.
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,
Rolling Stone has a review of Lou Reed‘s recent live performance of Metal Machine Music – Reeds’ controversial symphony of noise.
When Metal Machine Music was released in 1975, people did not know what to make of it. The album, influenced by the drone music of La Monte Young and John Cale, consists entirely of guitar feedback played at different speeds.
Two guitars were tuned in unusual ways and played with different reverb levels. Reed then placed the guitars in front of their amplifiers, and the feedback from the very large amps would vibrate the strings — the guitars were, effectively, playing themselves. He recorded the work on a four-track tape recorder in his New York apartment, mixing the four tracks for stereo. Continue reading →