Wendy Carlos’s Tron Score Gets Limited Edition Blue Vinyl Release

tron-wendy-carlos-soundtrackAudio Fidelity has released a limited edition virgin vinyl release of the Wendy Carlos soundtrack to the 1982 sci fi film Tron.

Carlos’s score combined electronic elements, played on Moog and GDS synthesizers, with orchestral elements, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the UCLA Chorus. The fusion of elements worked well with the film, which paired live action with early computer animation.

Audio Fidelity specializes in audiophile releases, and they give Tron the deluxe treatment, delivering just about everything that soundtrack fans might want. Continue reading

Making A Vinyl Pressing – Alessandro Cortini’s ‘Scientist’

If you’re into synths, chances are that you’ve got a few passions – about gear of a certain era, about analog or about a certain synth – that border on the fetishistic.

Putting your latest electronic music release out as a limited edition on red vinyl, in this day and age, probably fits into that category. But that’s exactly what Alessandro Cortini is doing with his latest SONOIO release, Scientist.

Whether or not you’ve got the vinyl fetish, this behind the scenes look at the making of Cortini’s new release is pretty hot. Full of retro tech, steaming machines and gooey vinyl, the video follows the pressing process from cutting the masters to pressing the vinyl to Cortini signing the cover.

The Scientist 7″ is available for $8  in a signed edition of 350 via the SONOIO site.

Mathon – Terrestre (Vinyl + DVD)

Mathon - Terrestre

Mathon’s new release, Terrestre, is a unique album, both musically and in terms of the physical format.

Switzerland based Mathon is made up of Thomas Augustiny, Roger Stucki und Pete Leuenberger. They create cinematic ambient music.

The album comes as a vinyl LP + DVD combination. It’s worth noting that the LP is pretty sexy, as it’s pressed in clear vinyl. A DVD is also included, with digital versions of each of the tracks, remixes and videos for several tracks. It’s clear a lot of thought went into the presentation of this release.

The album features 6 tracks, 3 to a side on the LP. The music combines electronic sounds, acoustic instruments & environmental sounds.

Mathon says that “they took their mobile recording-studio into the mountains and they chose the earth as their main theme for the compositions. The coexistence of nature and civilization and also the contradictions between the two can be heard on Terrestre.”

The tracks mix fluttering ambient synth pads with: piano, violin and other instruments; subtle glitch effects and processing; and an assortment of unidentifiable creaks, scrapes and drones. At times, it’s a bit like George Winston had to do a gig in one of the slightly eerie landscapes of Brian Eno’s ambient classic, On Land. Other times, it has more of a meditative quality.

Though the music on Terrestre is described as ambient – it’s not necessarily music you’re likely to put on and ignore. This sonic landscape may make you wonder just what’s in the shadows, behind that tree or over the next hill. Continue reading

The Newest Vinyl Record Plant In The US

This is a great short profile about a new vinyl pressing plant in Cleveland Ohio, Gotta Groove Records. They specialize in 7? and 12? vinyl creation/manufacturing using PVC molding.

The film is an interesting profile of Gotta Groove – but it’s also just a lot of fun to a bit of the Sesame Street style view of how records are made.

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Cool Documentary: Vinyl Wax Records

Vinyl Wax Records takes an affectionate look at vinyl LPs.

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This is a documentary I made my freshman year of college about apart of my life that I love so much and never plan to give up.

Vinyl Sales Up By 36%

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, shipments of vinyl LPs jumped more than 36 percent from 2006 to 2007, growing to more than 1.3 million. Shipments of CDs dropped more than 17 percent during the same period, to 511 million, as they lost some ground to digital formats

Nearly 450 million CDs were sold last year, versus just under 1 million LPs, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Based on the first three months of this year, Nielsen says vinyl album sales could reach 1.6 million in 2008.

“I don’t think vinyl is for everyone; it’s for the die-hard music consumer,” said Jay Millar, director of marketing at United Record Pressing, a Nashville based company that is the nation’s largest record pressing plant.

An avid music fan himself, Millar says he has moved to vinyl in recent years.

“Once I got my first iPod … I’m looking at my wall of CDs and trying to justify it,” Millar said. “The things I like — the artwork, the liner notes, the sound quality — it dawns on me, those are things I like better on vinyl.” He welcomed back the pops and clicks, even some of the scratches.

“I like that fact that it’s imperfect in a lot of ways, live music is imperfect too,” Millar said.

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