‘The Ultimate Matrix Synthesizer’, XILS 4, Now Available


French soft synth developer XILS-lab today released XILS 4, a software emulation of the legendary EMS VCS4.

The XILS 4 emulates a prototype that was never released, the EMS VCS4, based on two integrated, interlinked and interacting VCS 3 ( Synthi) cores. With XILS 4, they are coupled them the classic 256 analog polysequencer. Continue reading

The New Sound Of Music – A View Of Electronic Music From 1979

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The New Sound of Music is a vintage BBC documentary (1979) that looks at the development of recorded music, from the first barrel organs, pianolas, the phonograph, the magnetic tape recorder on to the concepts of musique concrete and electronic music.

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New Compilation Album Features DiN Synth Artists

Synthesist Bakis Sirros, aka Parallel Worlds, sent word of a new DiN label compliation album, iNDEX04, that features the work of Ian Boddy, Parallel Worlds, Markus Reuter, Erik Wøllo, Bernhard Wöstheinrich, ARC & Mazmoneth.

Label boss Ian Boddy has mixed and cross-faded the 18 tracks into a continuous ambient mix, designed to not only showcase the artists’ albums, but to present an exciting and varied CD in it’s own right.

The music ranges from ‘deep analogue synth grooves through vibrantly melodic instrumentals to powerful, epic ambient atmospheres’.

You can preview iNDEX04 below.

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EMS Synthi AKS Mk 1 Improvisations

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This set of videos captures Alka’s improvisations on the EMS Synthi AKS Mk 1 analog synthesizer.

The EMS Synthi AKS has been in production, if only with extremely limited availability, since 1972. It’s notable for its suitcase design, matrix synthesizer patching and popularity with synth pioneers, including Brian Eno, Jean Michel Jarre and Pink Floyd.

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Scary-Ass Safety Video, Rescored With An EMS Synthi VCS3

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Ever wonder why people were so freaked out in the 60’s?

Maybe it was disillusionment over racism, sexism, consumerism and war.

But, then again, maybe it was because kids had to watch disturbing public safety films like this one.

One Got Fat features one kid in a monkey mask after another dying tragically, because they didn’t obey traffic laws. That’ll teach those monkeys!

via simonsound1:

You should be watching me turning the dials and patching the pins on the EMS Synthi VCS3, but my video camera corrupted the file.

So instead you get to hear the VCS3 provide a new soundtrack for the strange cycling safety film from the 60’s ‘One Got Fat’.

I didn’t ‘write to picture’ so its no work of art! But I do think the VCS3 offers a suitably weird soundtrack to this already odd film.

EMS Synthi VCS3 Sounds

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Here’s a follow-up to our recent post about the Dr. Who synth that’s for sale on eBay, an EMS Synthi VCS3 with BBC connections.

This video, via simonsound1, explores modulations, tones, sweeps and other sounds of the EMS Synthi VCS3 synthesizer:

I was just recording some tones, modulations and sweeps for the upcoming Simonsound ringtone set that will be available soon. As always thanks to Pablo for the generous loan!

The EMS Synthi VCS3 is a vintage matrix synthesizer, originally introduced in 1969. Notable users include: Brian Eno, The Who, Pink Floyd, TONTO’s Expanding Head Band, Jean Michel Jarre, The Chemical Brothers & Tangerine Dream.