Roland has come a long way since its inception in 1972. Its synths, drum machines and effects have been used on some of the most famous records ever and have helped artists push sonic boundaries, creating new sounds and even radical new musical genres. Taking part over three dates in November, the Roland Synth Story tour will explore this rich history through a roster of artists and experts. Roland says that it’s an exciting opportunity for visitors to learn more about the company’s synths, speak to three musical icons and even get their hands on some classic Roland vintage gear.
The panel of experts, including Richard Barbieri (Porcupine Tree and Japan), Graham Massey (808 State) and Jody Wisternoff (Way Out West) will all talk about their experiences creating electronic music as well as discussing their favourite Roland synths. They’ll also be on hand to answer questions and chat to visitors after the event. All three guests are intrinsically linked to the history of the synthesizer. Richard Barbieri’s first ever synth was the Roland System 700, and he’s never looked back. His band, Japan, notched up numerous hits in the ’80s and they became a cornerstone of the influential synth-pop movement.
Graham Massey infamously named his band ’808 State’ after the famous Roland TR-808 drum machine, which – along with the TB-303 – was an essential component to the way the band produced their music.
Jody Wisternoff uses a stable of Roland synths, including the Juno-106 and the legendary Jupiter-8, to make progressive house and breaks as one half of Way Out West. Their music didn’t just hit the charts, it also found its way into TV shows and video games.
Guests will also have the chance to get their hands on some rare and ultra-covetable Roland gear, including the following: Jupiter-8, Juno-60, Jupiter-6, Jupiter-4, Juno-106, JX-8P, D-50, JD-800, JV-1080, JP-8000 and XV-5080.
Dates and Venues
- 26 Nov. – The Roland Music Academy, Walsall College, Walsall
- 28 Nov. – The Roland Music Academy, Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College
- 29 Nov. – Huddersfield University, Huddersfield
Pricing and Availability:
Free but spaces are limited and demand is high (two tickets per person)
Released last week, here´s the first demo of the new iOS synth
The iOS application – which is named “TANSU (dresser)”, is a miniature
version of a Modular Analog Synthesizer. This synthesizer is the same as the
one used and mastered by Hideki Matsutake of LOGIC SYSTEM.
The sounds that were sampled and used for the VCO (Voltage Controlled
Oscillator) come directly from the actual “TANSU” owned by Hideki Matsutake
In addition, it also contains many original LOGIC SYSTEM recordings. The
application condenses the fun, experience and sound of an actual modular
synthesizer onto the small screen of an iPhone!!
What will the sound be like when using the application? This application is
focused on providing the user with the feeling and excitement of using the
actual synthesizer for which it is based.
Not only for a techno fan, but for any music lover!! Feel what it is like to
create your own music!!
Try this application to experience the “the birth of sound and music.”
“Forest and Trees” is an installation of moving images and sounds employing 12 digital photo frames.
The animation and its sound effects playing through the internal speakers of each frame gradually
come together to form music.
This work will be exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.
“Search for New Synesthesia”
This video is list version for vimeo.
see this post for more info/address etc:
While the Harajuku, Tokyo based Five G Synth store is very well known, it took me two attempts to locate Implant 4 in Osaka – the first time I was pushed for time and had an erroneous google maps link and visited an interesting part of the city… but this time I doubled checked the location with the map on their website, bookmarked the location on my iPad & set off feeling more confident…. If you happen to be in Osaka, save this location to your google map and you can’t go too far wrong! This is the street it is located on, find the pink slug sign & go up the stairs…
Despite the slight cryptic header this is a nice machine
Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai 七人の侍 x0xb0x special tribute edition. Here are seven x0xb0x made with full audio analog modifications. They have an outstanding sound capabilities, not only clonning the original Roland TB303 sound, even adding more powerful sound mods. Totally hand made and with the name of each samurai engraved on it. Very limited edition of very powerful analog synth.
Japanese pop song “Kanpai” (Prosit, Salud, Cheers) performed with Elektron Monomachine.
External FX added by Lexicon MX300.
This movie was created for an Upload festival of Elektron users’ group in Japan.
Demo for iPhone app “Sanshin” simulating Okinawa / Japanese Traditional “Three Strings”
Here’s a new video featuring Japanese electro pop group Battery Operated, famous for only using instruments powered by batteries, such as the Nintendo DS:
We are having a release party for our first album “Battery Operated: Girls Only.” Come see us throwing ultimate electronic tunes with our nintendo DS!! We are a group of female music composers exclusively uses the battery operated electronic musical instruments, such as KORG DS-10, KORG M01, monotron, monotribe, kaosillator, mini-KP, microKORG, and so on, to make music.
Here’s a new amazing ambient electronic album from Bears in Nippon
Here’s how they describe their new album:
Japanese ambient electro pop act has delivered a new and exciting mix of classic synth pop tunes and ambient electronic sounds paired with many traditional Japanese sounds and voices. Vocals performed on Fuji by Victor Graphics.
Listen and purchase here:
Or you can simply listen to the entire album on Spotify, here’s a sample track:
APP of iPad, MadPad .
samples in the town in tokyo.
When you download MadPad you can make your own remix of this set of video clips! It’s like magic!
MadPad for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, by Smule.