Improvisation With Tape Machines & Sine Wave Generators

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.”

Morton Subotnick Interview

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.

Steve Reich Discusses His Influences

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.

Pierre Schaeffer’s Etude Aux Chemins De Fer

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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,

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Berna Vintage Electronic Studio Now Available For Mac Users

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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Metal Machine Music

metal-machine-musicRolling 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

William S. Burroughs On Cut-Ups

Matti Niinimäki created this video, which visualizes William S. Burrough‘s thoughts on the origin and theory of Tape Cut-Ups.

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