100% aleatoric (randomly generated) music generated while doing studio maintenance. No MIDI or sequencers are used for composition or playback. All modules are Modcan except for a Cynthia dual ADSR and a Synthesis Technology patch/multiple module.
Modularland welcomes the arrival of the Genoqs Nemo Sequencer with a Nemo sequenced music track and video accompaniment. This track features melodies sequenced by the Nemo and synthesized by Synthesizers.com, MacBeth M5N, Cynthia, and Modcan. Heavy editing, processing, MacBeth pads, and effects done online. One of the operators of Modularland also makes a brief cameo.
A piece by "turntablist" Christian Marclay, from the October 29, 1989 episode of the short-lived music television show Night Music. Other guests that night included Todd Rundgren, Taj Mahal, Pat Metheny, and Nanci Griffith.
One of, if not the most, adventurous of sound creators within the Tokyo music scene since the mid-eighties is Otomo Yoshihide, turntable and guitar player. From a melting and forging process of sound, he weaves entirely new worlds of explosive possibility from this mixture upon which he continues to expand.
Otomo has explored the nature of sound in many different ways during his career. Over the last few years, Otomo has become increasingly interested in minimal wave-based electronics, as heard in his Filament and I.S.O projects.
What interests me is considering sound in a new way, and a new way of creating it which resembles what we did 50 years ago, as in musique concrete or electronic music. Finally, men like Otomo Yoshihide... when I heard him the first time, I knew he was someone who could understand musique concrete. He was making music that was concrete, but indirect -- what we were doing in the studios 50 years ago.
Born: 09/10/1908 in Brooklyn, NY Died: 02/08/1994 in North Hills, CA
Composer, bandleader and inventor Raymond Scott was among the unheralded pioneers of contemporary experimental music.
Of all of Scott's accomplishments of 1949, however, none was more important than the Electronium, one of the first synthesizers ever created.
An "instantaneous composing machine," the Electronium generated original music via random sequences of tones, rhythms, and timbres; Scott himself denied it was a prototype synthesizer — it had no keyboard — but as one of the first machines to create music by means of artificial intelligence, its importance in pointing the way towards the electonic compositions of the future is undeniable.
His other inventions included the "Karloff," an early sampler capable of recreating sounds ranging from sizzling steaks to jungle drums; the Clavinox, a keyboard Theremin complete with an electronic sub-assembly designed by a then 23-year-old Robert Moog; and the Videola, which fused together a keyboard and a TV screen to aid in composing music for films and other moving images.
By the middle of the 1960s, Scott began turning increasingly away from recording and performing to focus on writing and inventing; a 1969 musical celebrating the centennial of Kentucky Bourbon was his last orchestral work, with his remaining years spent solely on electronic composition.
Among his latter-day innovations was an early programmable polyphonic sequencer, which along with the Electronium later caught the attention of Motown chief Berry Gordy Jr., who in 1971 tapped Scott to head the label's electronic music research and development team.
After retiring six years later, he continued writing — his last known piece, 1986's "Beautiful Little Butterfly," was created on MIDI technology.
Video blog set up by Steven E. Streight of STR8 SOUNDS. Assembling a treasury of the best techno, electronica, electroacoustic, ambient, avant garde, modern classical, noise, and experimental music videos.