Tuesday, June 29, 2010

ModularLand sunday modcan aleatory

ModularLand "Sunday Modcan Aleatory"

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.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Bernard Parmegiani litteral

Bernard Parmegiani "Litteral"

15th Track from the compilation ''Génériques Potentiels'' (1995)

Friday, June 18, 2010

ModularLand nemo rising

ModularLand "Nemo Rising"

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.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Christian Marclay mini documentary

Christian Marclay mini documentary

The art of unintended music.

Christian Marclay on night music

Christian Marclay on Night Music

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.

The Many Moods Of Otomo Yoshihide

The Many Moods Of Otomo Yoshihide

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.

Taken from Ep 6 of Subsonics

Luc Ferrari and Yoshihide archives sauvées

Luc Ferrari and Otomo Yoshihide perform "Archives Sauvées des Eaux"

Translation of Luc Ferrari's comments at the end:

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.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Boris Policeband tow away

Boris Policeband "Tow Away"

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Rubber 0 Cement colonic ion

Rubber 0 Cement "colonic ion"

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Edgar Froese sobornost 1981

Edgar Froese - "Sobornost" (1981) - Solo TV performance in Germany

Synth setup:

Oberheim Xa
PPG wave 2
PPG 340 B
PPG 380 EG

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Barnard Parmegiani l'araignelephant

Bernard Parmegiani "L'araignelephant" ("Słonioga")

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Man Ray return to reason

Man Ray "Return to Reason" 1923

Friday, June 4, 2010

Raymond Scott cindy electronium

Raymond Scott "Cindy Electronium" 1959

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Raymond Scott Quintet ali baba goes to town

Raymond Scott Quintet "Ali Baba Goes to Town" 1937

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Raymond Scott little miss echo

Raymond Scott "Little Miss Echo"

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.