I Dream Of Wires is an upcoming documentary about the resurgence of modular synthesizers. In June 2012, the I Dream of Wires team visited the Norfolk UK studio of pioneering industrial and synthpop musicians Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, founding members of seminal outfits Throbbing Gristle, Industrial Records, and Chris & Cosey, to name but a few. We interviewed Chris Carter about his long history with DIY electronics, modular synthesizers, and the role they’ve played in his storied musical career. Busy putting the finishing touches on X-TG’s recently released “Desertshore / The Final Report,” an album initially intended to be Throbbing Gristle’s final recording, Carter expressed his enthusiasm for the current crop of eurorack modular synthesizer modules, and how he integrates them with modern tabletop FX units, to create a present-day, cutting-edge revision of his early Throbbing Gristle set up.
In this short interview, Howie B talks about working with analog gear, producing in the box and why he loves the VINTAGE COMPRESSORS Series. See how he uses the VC 2A on “Summer’s Flower” – a track from his upcoming album.
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During Dubspot’s recent trip to Seattle’s Decibel Festival, our video team caught up with Roger Linn, the godfather of the modern drum machine, Carl Craig, one of Detroit’s most talented producers, for a lecture/discussion about the history and evolution of the rhythm machines that have shaped our musical world.
One of the most inspiring elements of Seattle’s annual Decibel Festival is the conversations that transpire between some of the world’s most talented musical thinkers. Decibel acts as a catalyst for these moments, with lectures and demonstrations taking place throughout the festival. We were especially excited to catch a workshop where drum machine creator and pioneer Roger Linn joined Detroit techno innovator Carl Craig for a talk on the evolution of drum machines and the future of electronic rhythm.
In this video, Linn explains that our assumption of drum machines appearing in the early 80s is incorrect, and he takes us on a tour of early electronic rhythm devices such as Leon Thermin’s Rhythmicon (1930), the Chamberlin Rhythmate (1957), Raymond Scott’s Bandito the Bongo Artist (1963), Seeburg’s Select-A-Rhythm (1964), the PAiA Programmable Drum Set (1975) and the CompuRhythm CR-78 (1978). Craig probes with questions regarding interface design for musicians vs. engineers, discusses the development of drum interfaces, and talks about how the Akai MPC changed his production and composition techniques.
Electronic music pioneer, Thomas Dolby, sat down with Party Ben of Slacker Radio before his set at Moogfest 2012. Thomas Dolby (1958) is an English musician and producer. Best known for his 1982 hit “She Blinded Me with Science”, and 1984 single “Hyperactive!” he has also worked extensively in production and as a session musician.
Music video by Thomas Dolby performing She Blinded Me With Science (2009 Digital Remaster).
For more music and interviews from the festival, visit www.slacker.com/moogfest.
Here’s another video plucked from the Future Music archive, filmed in Early 2006. Here we get an insight in to the way producer legend Arthur Baker was working and why the Roland Space Echo is one of his favourite bits of kit. Plus a sneaky look around Mute Records old London studio.
Austrialian tech house producer, live remixer and finger drummer Bass Kleph shares some of his tips and tricks he uses when building a performance on his Maschine.
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Check out Bass Kleph’s site here: http://www.basskleph.com/
Filmed earlier this week at Bristol O2 Academy, Sonic talked to Martyn Ware from Human League BEF and Heaven 17, as well as a general chat about the tour, the band and synthesizers.
Yesterday evening Mute label boss Daniel Miller was honored with the Pioneer Award at the AIM Awards 2012. AIM (short for Association of Independent Music) is a trade body established in 1999 to provide a collective voice for the UK’s independent music industry, each year they offer 15 awards.
With the Pioneer Award the AIM wants to recognize the visionary independent label founder. This year’s ceremony was be held at The Brewery in the heart of East London. The awards was hosted by BBC Radio 1′s Huw Stephens and 6Music’s Steve Lamacq.
More info: http://blog.dubspot.com/electronic-music-pioneer-morton-subotnick
In this episode of Dubspot’s Wireless interview series, influential composer and electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick invites composer, producer, and educator Raz Mesinai to his studio for an interview. Their discussion ranges from the innovations and rapid acceleration of music technology over the last sixty years to developing an iOS app that presents a new way for kids to create music.
Subotnick has worked extensively with interactive electronics and multi-media, co-founding the San Francisco Tape Music Center with Ramon Sender, and often collaborating with his wife Joan La Barbara. Morton Subotnick is one of the pioneers in the development of electronic music and multi-media performance and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems. Most of his music calls for a computer part, or live electronic processing; his oeuvre utilizes many of the important technological breakthroughs in the history of the genre.
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During their recent visit to NYC for the Out of Doors Festival at Lincoln Center, Dubspot connected with German classical/techno ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick for a deeper look into the trio’s blend of live acoustic instrumentation, classical music and modern dance beats.