Reader Geert Bevin – who’s known to many readers for his performances on the Eigenharp and his gestural music control application GECO – recently spoke at TEDxTartu in Estonia. In his TEDx talk, Bevin argues that we’re entering a new age for digital musicians, driven by several trends:
- Cheap and powerful computers
- New controllers with revolutionary sensors
- New synthesis engines with per-note expression
“This talk is essentially the summary of what I’ve been working on for the past four years at Eigenlabs,” explains Bevin, “with my GECO Leap Motion software and by collaborating with Roger Linn, Steinberg, Moog and Wolfgang Palm.” Continue reading
Composer and sound designer Edmund Eagan has posted an article today at Sonic State, lamenting that electronic instruments are getting cheaper and cheaper, rather than better and better, and that instruments are becoming distractions rather than inspirations.
First Eagen discusses how inspiring he found the Schmidt eight-voice polyphonic synth:
I attended the recent MusikMesse trade show… and….I had the chance to spend some quality time with the Schmidt eight voice polyphonic synthesizer.
In the very short time I explored the instrument, I do know that the Schmidt is an example of a synthesizer that I could dedicate time to, serious musically laden exploration time, and for me that dedication of time is the most valuable asset that I could invest.
But then he notes that the no one is making or buying synths like the Schmidt: Continue reading
This video, via Uniquesquared, wraps ups their tour of Moog Music.
Moog?s Jim Debardi takes a look at what goes on in the company’s new technology room and discusses a LEV-96, a new system that’s designed to process and control natural harmonic tones. Continue reading
PC maker Lenovo has introduced the IdeaCentre Horizon – a new Windows 8 computer that they put in a new category, ‘multitouch table PC‘.
The Horizon offers several features – like a giant multi-touch screen and support for tangible computing – that seemed futuristic just a few years ago, but are now coming to mainstream computers.
Here’s a video intro to the Horizon: Continue reading
DJ Shadow has released his set that was ‘too futuristic’ for Miami – the set that infamously got him kicked off the decks.
2012 was an interesting year in synths and electronic music gear.
2012 brought a resurgence of analog gear, a major Windows release that holds promise for new types of music apps, a growing acceptance of mobile music making tools and many surprising announcements.
The most talked about stories of 2012 at Synthtopia reflect these changing technologies. But more importantly, they reflect the debate over how new technologies fit into music-making.
Check out the list and let us know what you think!