Andre Bratten was born in Oslo and grew up in a suburb of the Norwegian capital, which borders on the deep, dark Scandinavian forest. Like most kids in the late 1990s, he was bitten by the hiphop bug, but he also got turned on by the Led Zeppelin records he picked out from his father's record collection. He's broadminded enough to be into everything from the Norwegian electronica masters Royksopp to Metro Area, Sigur Ros, Eno, Cluster and Weather Report.
Currently dwelling in the heart of the city, his efforts with the synthesizer coincided with a huge boom in Norwegian electronic music, his productions recently came to the attention of Norwegian cosmic 'disco' mogul Prins Thomas and his Full Pupp colony. Andre's tracks share the exploratory vibe of the 80s synth pop pioneers, and misfit electronic pop musicians like John Foxx, who were forced learning to sculpt new sounds with new tools. Yet he updates those sounds to a contemporary rhythm matrix, in parallel with the dayglo analogue dance music of Lindstrom, Todd Terje and Prins Thomas himself - and he just happens to share the central Oslo studio space used by that glorious trinity. But Andre has always known his own mind and was never going to be content with being just another anonymous insect in the logpile.
My name is Angelo Metz. I'm a musician from Brazil. I have been playing since I'm 5 years old, when I started guitar lessons. I have earned a Bachelor's, a Master's, and a Doctor's degree in music. I moved to the USA in 1997, for my graduate studies at University of Southern California. I have produced independent music in many styles. I also have produced or recorded for film, tv and major labels. I'm a beginner synthesist. I have been learning/acquiring analog synthesizers since last November.
I believe in the power of music. I also believe that this power is being misused, by the keepers of the status-quo. The 'ethos' of music being used against music and society. Music has the power of revolution.
Thank you Synthesizers.com for providing such a powerful weapon.
Doctor in Musical Arts (University of Southern California)
WHO: John C is AVMUS. John C. is a 29 year old CT native.
WHAT: Avmus is the alter-ego of John C.. It includes several art forms; visual art including painting and screen-printing, music, and digital video. For over two years Avmus was a cable access show that aired weekly. This was a demonstration of abstract and surreal imagery with sound via digital video. Music has always been the primary focus.
WHEN: Avmus was born in the year 2000 in the city of Providence, RI. Avmus started as an easier alias to use for booking shows in the Providence area. Previously, Avmus was called Gallimimus and didn't encompass the visual side of John C. Accidental coincidence that audio-visual can be seen in A Vmus.
WHERE: The Avmus production studio is in CT. Currently the studio consists of a Korg Mono/Poly, Prophet 600, Korg Delta, SH-101, Nord Modular, and the synthesizers.com synth. Currently that consists of 3 Osc's, 3 EG's, 2 Amps, State Variable Filter, Transistor Ladder Filter, Ring Mod, S&H, Noise, Clipper, Slew, Switch, Signal Proc, and a bunch of other goodies.
WHY: John C. was always into art as a child. Studying visual art at Roger Williams University gave John C. the knowledge needed which has carried over into his music. Composition, structure, texture and movement are the key elements that make up avmus. Basically the love of sound design and programming drive avmus.
SOUND: Ultimately you have to hear it, but think of an electronic/synth driven post-rock. Some influences are Add n to (x), Boards of Canada, and Caribou.
Bernd-Michael Land, born in 1954 in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), is a composer, musician, sound artist.
His musical spectrum is in the genre of electronic instrumental music, ambient, sound art and field recordings.
Inspired by the beginnings of electronic music in Germany, Land took piano lessons and started experimenting with tape machines (tape music), organ and theremin in 1969.
Shortly after, an ARP Odyssey (Whiteface) synthesizer was also used for the first time to implement the musical ideas.
Later, as a keyboardist in various bands, he played the legendary Minimoog, the Fender Rhodes piano and the obligatory Hammond B3. They were his faithful companions at countless live performances until the era of Krautrock ended for him.
Bernd-Michael Land acquired the large Roland System 700 modular system and used it to produce music, sounds, jingles, teasers and trailers for film, theater, advertising, radio and television.
In addition to numerous analog synthesizers, he also used CMI Fairlight III, Kurzweil 250/250 exp. and NED Synclavier in his SynxsS studio for productions.
The first own album was released in 1974 and until today (2023) about 30 more albums have been released via label.
In September 2020, Land celebrated his 50th anniversary on stage.
Today, Land is one of the few international artists who also present their ambient and sound art concerts in discrete 4-4-4 quadraphony and in hexagony (6-channel). Along with the electronic sound generators, acoustic instruments such as symphonic (orchestral) gongs, singing bowls and field recordings are currently used.
Bernd-Michael Land is a trained artisan (master craftsman) and
cultural award winner of his hometown Rodgau.
Land is also a multiple winner of the Schallwelle Music Award as well as an 18-time winner of the German Rock and Pop Award.
The Synthesizers.Com modular system has been used in the studio several times a week since 2003 and everything still works like on the first day. It is a good and robust professional tool for the hard studio everyday life.
More info: www.bernd-michael-land.com
Celldweller creates a fusion of digital and organic
textures: intricately designed soundscapes constructed from Drum & Bass, Electro and Modular Synths, woven together with aggressive Rock, Metal and Orchestral elements. Celldweller ignores genre boundaries and creates a pioneering vision of the future of electronic music.
Klayton, the multifaceted producer behind Celldweller, not only creates artist albums that have garnered an intense cult following, but is well known in the media industry for his music appearing in hundreds of major Film / TV & Video Games.
When not creating music as Celldweller, Circle of Dust, or his new-retro cyberpunk project Scandroid - Klayton exercises an entrepreneurial spirit, owning and operating the forward thinking independent record label FiXT (serving a global collective of world-class hybrid electronic artists), the production music imprint label Subterra Records, a sci-fi inspired clothing line Outland Industries, and a Pro Audio software / hardware company Refractor Audio.
The Lunar Project started out as something quite strange. I had insomnia for 2 months and I needed something to listen to that would relax me. So I started recording very long ambient movements with a twist of experimental jazz. A few of my close friends told me they really liked it and I should release these songs, which I did. I found the 6 song ep starting to chart on college radio. KXLU, Los Angeles at #19 in January of last year and KZSU, Stanford.
A few of my favorite artists within this genre: Seefeel/Seely/Electric Skychurch/
As far as the gear I am using:
1968 Slingerland jazz kit
Chromeo is a Canadian electro-funk duo from Montreal, formed in 2002 by musicians David "Dave 1" Macklovitch and Patrick "P-Thugg" Gemayel. Their sound draws from blue-eyed soul, dance music, rock, synth-pop, disco and funk.
Chromeo used their modular system on the Jimmy Kimmel show April 2014:
Interview with Chromeo at theSoliLama.com with talk about their synthesizer.
Cybertron started in mid 70's, mainly composing music for planetarium & laser-light shows; some radio & TV jingles, and many other projects. Synths used back then included: MOOG series 3-C, MOOG series 2-P, MOOG series 2-C, ARP 2500, ARP 2600, and a Mini-MOOG. Also, was a studio engineer at a state-of-the-art 24 trk. studio.
Today, I'm a proud owner of a rather large, custom-built modular analog system by Synthesizers.com, as well as Yamaha and Korg synths. I use a Yamaha AW-4416 16 trk. digital, automated mixer/recorder workstation for all recordings.
MP3's Made using a Synthesizers.com system:
Dallas Acid is a musical trio currently residing in Austin, Texas, who's cosmic synth-scapes have been featured in multiple films and over a dozen albums. They've performed live in many unconventional spaces, including outdoor gardens, art galleries, projection cubes, and flotation centers. Their newest record, Original Soundtrack, is available from Flying Moonlight Records.
Dana Countryman has been making music since age 16, when he first heard the Moog lp's, "The Amazing New Electronic Pop Sound of Jean Jacques Perrey", and "The Electric Eclectic's of Dick Hyman". He used to draw doodles of synthesizers during classes in high school, but it wasn't until he got his Synthesizers.com system last year that he finally got his real-life modular synth.
Dana's played in many bands over the years, and during his 15 minutes of fame, he's made TV appearances on Fox Paramount's "The Arsenio Hall Show," and A&E's "Goodtime Cafe." His most interesting TV moment was performing as a giant potato in a commercial for The American Cancer Society, for which he also wrote the 30-second jingle. Other performances found his band sharing the bill with Crystal Gayle in San Francisco, and hanging out with "Weird" Al Yankovic in Hollywood, among many other celebrities.
For 7 years, Dana was the editor and publisher of COOL AND STRANGE MUSIC MAGAZINE, which featured articles and interviews with many synthesizer greats. One of these articles sparked his re-interest in modular synthesizers, which led him to sell his magazine business and purchase a synthesizers.com QSR-44, in order to spend more time writing, arranging and recording happy, electronic music.
In the summer of 2006 he released a CD of happy electronic music, ("The Happy Electropop Music Machine" - Oglio Records) with his boyhood idol, the legendary Jean Jacques Perrey. Perrey and Countryman have performed at music festivals and clubs in England, Norway, Canada, Germany and the USA. In 2008, the duo released their CD: "Destination Space". His most recent synth CD is "Moog-Tastic!" In 2012, he and his wife Tricia released their first vocal CD, "In Harmony". Information for all of these, and samples can be found at:
When he's not tinkering in his recording studio, he can be found relaxing with his wife Tricia (a singer), and their son, Matt (a guitarist.). Dana is very happy to be a Synthesizers.com owner, and has finally filled in all blank spaces in his current modular system to complete his "dream machine."
Cocktails in Space by Dana Countryman Copyright (c) 2003, Friends/Romans Music BMI
My involvement with music began at an early age and included classical piano, percussion and guitar lessons. After years of lessons (and a desire for fame and fortune), I assembled a large keyboard setup that was well suited to the progressive rock and top-40 material that my bands were performing during the 1970's and 1980's.
During the late-1970s, I studied music composition with Anthony Iannaccone at Eastern Michigan University and Ludmila Ulehla at the Manhattan School of Music. At this time I was introduced to the music of Morton Subotnick, George Crumb, Gyorgi Ligeti and Krzystof Penderecki. I also discovered the minimalist work of Steve Reich and Philip Glass, the ambient work of Robert Fripp and Brian Eno, and the aleatoric concepts embodied in the work of John Cage.
Life being what it is, I spent 20 years away from music pursuing other career interests. Sometime in 2001, I decided to build an electronic music studio and begin composing again. While researching the availability of Moog modulars, I stumbled upon a rather healthy resurgence of analog modular synthesizer manufacturers including Synthesizers.com.
The classic Moog look of the Synthesizers.com modular was awe inspiring and after very positive comments regarding the sonic qualities from users, I gave up on finding an old Moog and acquired a custom Synthesizers.com 66-space system. My original system has grown into a 132-space system, consisting of Synthesizer.com, MOTM and Modcan modules. My recording gear consists of an Akai DPS24 24-track digital personal workstation and Mackie HR824 monitors.
Deepack are DJ Frank-E and DJ Mars-L. They began producing together in the early 90's after rekindling a highschool friendship. Beside spinning the wheels of steel at various clubs and parties, Deepack released different projects in various styles - from Hardcore to Trance, from Chemical to Jungle. They continue to experiment with these styles.
Throughout the years Deepack has proven to be talented deejays and producers as well. Their style varies from trance to Hardhouse/style, but the main theme is : Party!
Eric Melzer is an electronic musician that decided to make the switch from traditional analog synthesizers to a Synthesizers.com modular system just as the company was getting started in June 2000. He sold most of his other synthesizers, and focused on using the modular for the majority of sounds on his songs, with some other instruments being used for some of the percussion. Current gear that is being used includes a 66 module synthesizers.com modular system, blue Roland SH-101, Akai mpc2000xl, Digidesign Protools, Apple G4 computer, Roland RE-201 space echo, Roland Juno 1 and pg-300 programmer. The modular synthesizer also has several homemade modules including: Paia vocoder, analog snare drum, analog space drum, distortion, CV to MIDI trigger, and a 5" video monitor. The music he makes is mainly electronic pop, under the band name "norway". Norway has 2 CD's out, the first one done on roland synthesizers, and the second one done using the Synthesizers.com modular.
More information can be found at www.plastiqmusiq.com
Erik Norlander is a progressive rock artist whose music ranges from ambient electronic to unbridled heavy metal while all the while retaining his commitment to memorable melody, high order harmony and ever evocative and evolving timbres largely created using classic and vintage instruments. Erik has released two solo albums, "Into the Sunset" (2000) and "Threshold" (1997) in addition to producing and playing keyboards on four albums by the Los Angeles prog rock band Rocket Scientists and 13 albums by Erik's wife, symphonic rock diva Lana Lane.
Erik has also made numerous guest appearances over the years most recently including his work on the last several titles by the Dutch progressive metal project Ayreon. Erik has also worked with Keith Emerson who wrote the liner notes to his "Threshold" album. Keith's classic modular Moog system was the inspiration for Erik to start building his own modular system which is now fully operational and in constant use.
Erik's giant Moog modular system includes two Synthesizers.com Q119 Sequencers, four Q125 Signal Processors and various other modules. The entire system is mounted into a triple-wide 36RU flight case on Synthesizers.com QCR8 rack frames. Erik has toured with this system in both Europe and the United States. Just don't ask him about the cartage bills.
See Erik's Website http://www.thetank.com
Frederick Schmid, better known by his stage name Freddy Fresh, is an American DJ, musician, and electronic music producer. Fresh has recorded for over 100 independent record labels, including major labels Sony UK, Virgin, BMG UK, and Harthouse Germany. He is also founder of the record labels Howlin' Records, Electric Music Foundation, and Analog.
Giuffria is originally from Gulfport, Mississippi, graduating from high school in 1969. A talented keyboardist, he played in several local bands including The Telstars and Flower Power (who released several singles on the Tune Kel label), he moved to the US West Coast where in the mid 1970s he joined Angel. After the band broke up in 1981 Giuffria put together his own band, Giuffria, with vocalist David Glen Eisley, guitarist Craig Goldy, bassist Chuck Wright, and drummer Alan Krigger, and achieved some success with their first eponymous album and first single "Call to the Heart," which made the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band broke up after the commercial failure of their next album "Silk and Steel" in 1986.
Giuffria then put together the House of Lords with the help of Kiss' Gene Simmons and signed to Simmons' label. The first album, House of Lords, was released in 1988 and experienced a modest amount of commercial success with the single "I Wanna Be Loved". However, this success was not consolidated as the band were unwilling to tour.
Greylyng became a band in the fall of 2002, after Jeff Cedrone and John C. Miller met and composed original sounding music. On their first meeting they produced a sound which had been lacking in either of their solo works. They agreed that this music should continue.
In the beginning the intention was to be an improvisational band with an emphasis on ambient and experimental sound, but somewhere along the way that idea changed. They felt that some of their most creative improvisational moments could be worked into strong song ideas. The group focuses on songwriting by collecting those special moments of an improvisation and then fusing them together with written ideas and sonic manipulations. Even though the band concentrates on writing songs they still make room for improvisation in their live performances by either opening up sections of songs or by leaving space within in a set for a free improvisation piece or two. They feel that this a good way to keep the music fresh and the sound evolving.
Completed in the Summer of 2006, 'Oiwa', Greylyng's debut album, is a textural accomplishment with an abundance of ambience, melody, dissonance, sound design, and rock rhythms. The songs on 'Oiwa' (a vengeful, Japanese female ghost) are sure to please fans of art rock, post-rock, sonic exploration, and experimental music.
The beginning of 2007, saw the addition of drummer/percussionist Steve Zieminski. Steve, formally of the art rock band Prester John, is a veteran of the Connecticut improv scene. Jeff met Steve while the two were playing in the New Haven Improvisers Collective (NHIC). Steve's percussive talents are a perfect fit for Greylyng's ambitious sounds. He brings a unique sense of rhythm, solid timing, drive, and an uncommon ear for various percussive and ethnic instruments.
So what is a 'Greylyng' you may ask? To some it may just be a fish or some sort of alien life form, but to the musicians involved it is a series of evolving moods, emotions, and textures. It is always a work in progress.
Joe "Guido" Welsh, has over 30 years experience as a writer, performer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. For the last 15 years, he has written virtually thousands of original music compositions for several national and international companies, and since 1992, has provided all the live musical direction for hundreds of Wal-Mart and other corporate events in both the United States and abroad.
Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel are Holy Ghost!
Based in New York city, Holy Ghost! is a product of their obsessions with analog synthesizers, rare disco, and ancient production techniques.
"We're big gearheads, and have been since we were in high school," Frankel says. "We make our music before our lyrics, and we usually start with sound and drums. When we're both nodding our heads, it's like, 'Now, let's make it into a song.'"
James Everingham is a British composer and producer based in Los Angeles. James’ portfolio includes commercial records, feature-length film, video games and television - including BBC's Frozen Planet II, Minecraft and NBC's Super Bowl LVI show open. James has enjoyed extensive collaborations with artists across many disciplines, including with Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, Norwegian singer and songwriter AURORA, and YouTube sensation MrBeast. Additionally, James has produced several sample library instruments, including the Royal Albert Hall's 9,999 pipe organ in celebration of the Hall’s 150th anniversary, Fractured Strings with Spitfire Audio and Woodchester Piano with Fracture Sounds. James presents a passionate approach to scoring and is dedicated to delivering at the highest creative and technical levels, aided by custom-built music technology tools and an ever-growing collection of unique instruments and analogue synthesizers.
As a founding member of Glass, Jeff had an early start in experimenting with new ways to express his artistic vision. At the inception of the band in 1969, he was the primary songwriter and wrote most of Glass' early songs on the bass guitar - not typically thought of as a composition tool. But to Jeff it seemed as natural as writing a rhythm figure or song melody in an unusual time signature. Glass matured and their music expanded to include new technologies and influences so Jeff saw the need to take up the electric piano and eventually incorporated playing bass pedals into his role in the band. He also uses acoustic and electric guitars to great advantage on Glass pieces like "Broken Oars" and "Home".
Artist note about gear and such:
"I had always eyed my brother Greg's ARP 2600 since he first brought it to Glass in 1973. I was amazed at the sounds he was able to achieve and the freedom it allowed him to shape his own sounds. I promised myself back then one day I'd indulge my own interest in modular synths. That day has come. While checking Ebay out for analog synths I saw the Synthesizers.com synth known to you all as The Barneycom.
I fell in love with it immediately. I knew this was the modular synthesizer I had been waiting for all these years. It really was an almost magical, intuitive feeling. I inquired of its owner a man named John LeVasseur and he gave me the background on it. We struck a deal and after John had endured everything but a Plague of Locusts, it was finally sent to me. I absolutely love the sound of this synthesizer! And though I'm a novice at patching I'm learning quickly. I've already made a few test recordings with The Purple Haze - as she is now called - and my Mellotron Mk VI. Another great advantage of owning a Synthesizers.com modular is the impressive Dotcom support group on Yahoo. Though I haven't posted much (yet!) I'm very impressed by the posts I read every day. What an intelligent and insightful, focused group of people. I'm looking forward to a whole new world of sound possibilities thanks to Roger Arrick (and I must confess I feel privileged to own a one-of-a-kind instrument fashioned by Roger himself! Check out my purple beast below!)"
Joe Walsh is an American singer, songwriter and instrumentalist known for his work with the Eagles, James Gang and others selling millions of albums. Joe has an interest in electronics and is a ham radio operator.
John Fleck uses his multi-manufacturer (Synthesizers.com/MOTM/Mooger Fooger) system principally to perform with Paul Velat in their improvisational duo Fleck/Velat. Formed in the summer of 2001, they have produced one CD so far (oddly enough entitled "Summer/Fall" 2001) and are putting the final touches on their second (which will have a more imaginative name). They perform around the Chicago area at such places as The Nervous Center, Peter Jones Gallery and Roosevelt University (where Paul and John met as students). They have also performed on the radio twice, on WLUW and WZRD. John cut his analog modular teeth on the Moog system at RU under the watchful eye of Don Malone, an influential figure on the improvisation scene in Chicago. Check our website to see what we're currently up to, see photos from our past shows and listen to a sample of our sonic doings.
Airfoil is a progressive, ambient rock based project. Formed in 2004 by engineer/producer John LeVasseur.
Known primarily as an engineer/producer John has surprised people from time to time with what he calls "... fits of musical outpourings." Airfoil represents the manifestations of these musical seizures.
John's background in analog synthesis dates back to the late 1970's with early modular analog synthesizers like Moog and ARP sythesizers; as well as Hammond organs. "I had some friends who I grew up with who had these and other great keyboards, and I was able to play with them and learn a great deal". At that time his primary interest was in replicating the performances of keyboard greats like Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Mike Rutherford and other progressive rock contemporaries. During this time John discovered many other keyboards of the day like Clavinet, the Rhodes and Wurlitzer pianos, and of course Mellotron.
Over time, digital developments have over shadowed the analog technologies in keyboards, yet he continued to apply both of these technologies in tandem. Today, he has merged digital control into analog sound generation to produce the music heard today known as Airfoil.
Synthesizers.com Modular Synths play a vital and major role in achieving the sound of Airfoil.
John uses the following gear:
This rig is also being used in a Pink Floyd tribute band (The Floyd Project), currently in development, which will tour the US soon.
John also works as a live FOH mixing engineer and has toured the world in this capacity, working at many levels in that industry. He also has acted as Producer/Engineer for a number of Metal genre recordings for release in the European market.
I am a composer, performer, recording artist with experience in many styles and musical applications in various media. Electronic sound synthesis is a vital component of my composition & audio design. Early in my career I worked with analog modulars, both Moog and Arp. Once the digital era emerged as the standard for music making technology, I along with many others gradually abandoned analog. The new technology was so much easier to use. Presets were the quick solution. Then over the past few years we felt a move back to analog in the development of some new instruments & esoteric, high end recording gear. Hmm . . .
At first I thought it was simply nostalgia. I was slow to catch on to what many of my colleagues & fellow musicians had already discovered. Now, thanks to Synthesizers.Com, I've come to realize that there is enormous satisfaction in handling the physical controls of sound production & music making in all its aspects. Wow! Not only is that analog sound so REAL, but so is the physical activity of creating sound and shaping its characteristics in REAL TIME. I love it! It's fun and it inspires new music in a very different way, viscerally, 'organically'!
John Mills-Cockell (SOUND) has been creating sound design & musical scores for theatre, film, tv, radio and dance for many years. He has composed for hundreds of films, scores of plays and musicals, recently a new opera, Savitri & Samwith libretto by playwright, director Ken Gass. Its second workshop in fall of 2013 received acclaim for its powerful story, moving music, beautiful libretto and outstanding performances. His work has received the Socan award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Film, CFTA award for best score in a dramatic film for television, as well as nominations for Genie & Dora awards, several Canada Council Grants and BMI Best Student Composition Award. John's work has been heard in theatres across Canada including Stratford, National Arts Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Place des Arts, Citadel Theatre, Saint Lawrence Centre, Canadian Stage as well as many TV series, films & radio productions. He has over ten CD's and albums to his credit with a number of new compilation recordings to be released in winter of 2014-15.
John Mitchell was raised in a house where the sound of many different musical styles blended with squawks and bleeps from his father's ham radio shack, so an interest in electronic music was inevitable. Before pursuing a career in electronics and publishing many articles on analog and digital signal processing, Mitchell designed, built and even managed to sell his own electronic musical instruments. (Now that he has found his 'dream synth' at Synthesizers.com, he says he may never pick up a soldering iron again.) Mitchell's musical training includes accordion and classical pipe organ, and he owns an extensive collection of electronic music records and literature gathered since 1968. His heroes of the genre include W. Carlos, Morton Subotnick, Isao Tomita, Hans Wurman and, of course, R.A. Moog.
Sadly, in July 2004, John's life was cut short by an accident. He will be sorely missed.
Recording artist, composer, producer, performer and writer extordinare Jordan Rudess uses his dynamite chops and a Synthesizers.com modular to blow off the studio doors on Dream Theater's latest release: Octavarium.
Jordan's Modular Details:
Weined on Jean Michel Jarre, Mike Oldfield and old Moog! LPs as a child, Kelly Sereda has had synth on the brain from day one. His interest in editing mix tapes in the early eighties by pause/recording different parts of songs together into megamixes led to DJing and eventually full-circle into producing electronic music combining rhythmic DJ friendly elements, and heavy doses of analog synthesis.
Current selection of gear includes: Alesis Andromeda; Dubreq Stylophone 350s; Korg MS-20; Moogs MG-1, Minimoog; Rolands HS-60, CMU-810, TR-909, R-8m, DR-110, VP-330+; and last but not least a fabulous custom Arrick QSC44.
From the lack of fanfare regarding his line of great synths, Roger may be construed as being a pretty subtle guy, so Roger please leave fabulous in there, its true! I have many outboard effects and dynamics processors as well that really contribute to an overall sound, including my favs, a Lexicon PCM-70 and Joe Meek SC2.2. Also over the years I've had the pleasure of owning many notable instruments that helped shape my taste for, and resulting sound including Oberheims 4-voice and OBXa, LAMM Memorymoog and a Moog Source, ARPs 2600 (How is she treating you Roger?) and Odysseys (all revs), Rolands Jupiter 6s, Junoes, and MKS-80, JXs, all X0X's, system 100, SH's; Yamaha CS50, 70m; SCI Pro-1, Prophet10; and other good stuff. I just always wanted a great big, human sized modular to patch my ideas into. The last stage in production - the melting pot of my output and source of immeasurable frustration - my PC (AMD 1.3GHz w/Midiman Delta66) (granted this PC is new... we shall see).
Sound Clip: 3sawsSeqd12dBLPFNotchPand.mp3 (431k)
Born in 1954 in Washington, D.C., Kelly David's first musical efforts widely encompassed the classical and musical theater realms, playing piano in grade school and later, French horn in various orchestras. Kelly's first public performances of his classical compositions took place during high school, inspired by Frank Zappa, Stravinsky, Bartok, Copeland, Holst, and other 20th century masters.
After high school, Kelly went on to major in music composition at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Intending to write the great American symphony, Kelly instead stumbled on the two events that would later shape his life: the ARP 2600 synthesizer and the campus radio station.
The synthesizer lead Kelly into the world of electronic music. When presenting his sophomore recital, which consisted of electronic and acoustic sounds manipulated by tape loops, Kelly was soundly booed by the academic audience. Kelly knew then that he had found his calling.
At the same time, doing a regular disc jockey shift on the campus radio station convinced Kelly that radio was more interesting than music school. He turned to his energies to cracking the world of commercial radio. Soon after leaving school, he landed his first job at an FM station in Louisville, Kentucky and embarked on a 17 year career as a disc jockey and program director. Beginning first at progressive rock stations and then switching over to 'Top Forty' formats, Kelly's radio career landed him at major stations in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, Baltimore, Dallas, San Diego and Honolulu.
Along his radio travels, Kelly picked up a law degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and exited the radio business just as industry consolidation squeezed out the remaining independents. Throughout his radio days, Kelly would dabble with synthesizers searching for a direction, always influenced by the deeper electronic music he found in the so-called 'New Age' bins of the record stores. Moving to Colorado in 1996, and captivated by the light and space of the West, Kelly began collecting instruments and equipment for the Edge, his personal recording studio. That path led to Kelly's 2002 debut album, Broken Voyage, an ambient-electro-tribal journey to the South Pacific. MP3 samples available on his web site.
My education is with the piano and I've been studing at the Grieg Academy for 4 years in Norway and at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht in Nederland for 2 years. Today I am a director/principal at a Norwegian art school.
Modular synthesizers are an exciting and new field to me. After listening to artists like ELP, Jean-Michel Jarre and Wendy Carlos, I just had to get one of these modulars. It was very exciting to discover Synthesizers.com on the internet. This synth had the sound and appeal I was looking for, and the right price too.
Beside my Studio-22 Synthesizer.com modular, I have a Minimoog Voyager, Korg polysix, Fender Rhodes, Yamaha GT2 and a mint Hammond B3 with a Leslie 122.
In addition to my YouTube videos, my goal is to create compositions with the modular and also a "Switch On"-style project.
LCD SoundSystem James Murphy
M83 Anthony Gonzalez
M83 are a French electronic music group formed in Antibes in 1999 and currently based in Los Angeles. Initially the duo of multi-instrumentalists Nicolas Fromageau and Anthony Gonzalez, Fromageau parted ways shortly after touring for their second album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts. Gonzalez remains the sole constant member of the project, as the primary songwriter and lead vocalist.[A] The band has released nine studio albums, including the Grammy Award-nominated Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, and two soundtracks. Gonzalez records primarily on his own, with numerous guest musicians. The band is signed to Mute Records and found breakout success in 2011 with the single "Midnight City". Their sound has been described as dream pop, new wave, shoegaze, and ambient.
Marc Hans Rummig
I've been into and collecting synth music since 1968 when "Switched on Bach" was released. I bought my first synth in 1976, a mini-moog. Then in '77 I got a small Moog 15 modular and a roland system 700 analog sequencer. I began copying the usual "suspects"- t.d., schulze, jarre, carlos, etc. Over the decades i've purchased most of the synths from the major manaufacturers and product literature. I've owned at one time or another, just about every major synth, sequencer, and drum machine. I also have a vast collection of synth records in the thousands.
In the late 70's and early 80's, I began composing my own style of synth/space rock music. I felt the "berlin school" style field was saturated. Artists like Mark Shreeve, Larry Fast, and Mike Garrisson were more to my tastes. Although I still love the traditional sequencer-based music, I prefer a more structured melodic style. I sent out demo tapes but no luck. It became a fun pasttime. Now with digital technology, I have finally released my first CD the internet has made this possible for me and countless others!!
My music room, contains a variety of synths, with the centerpiece being my Synthesizers.com expanded Studio 66. It saw limited use on my first CD since most songs were completed at the time I bought the system, it will be featured exstensively on upcomming music. Regardless of any commercial success, my music has been a labor of love. I'm glad to have been around to see decades of synth music and it's rapid development. Keep on synthesizing everyone!!!
I came in contact with electronic music at a very early stage. My father bought albums by Jean Michel Jarre, Tomita etc and as a child I was fascinated by the music, sounds and pictures on those albums. Never knew how they made it let alone know what a synthesizer was, but a few years later I heard some albums by Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd, Schulze and others and they got me hooked. It's these kind of atmospheric music that I like so much and miss a little bit these days. So I'm making it myself, just as people missed the big modulars and you made it happen again.
First started with all kinds of little keyboards and slowly I made my little studio. The studio now consists of:
As you can see, I'm not all analog. I like the best of both worlds.
My Website: http://www.freesystemprojekt.nl
World-renowned film composer Mark Isham's gift for creating unforgettable melodies and his love of fresh, innovative sonic palettes has earned him numerous accolades including a Grammy, an Emmy, and a Clio, in addition to multiple Grammy, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his material both as a composer and a recording artist.
Recently, Isham reteamed with George Tillman on The Longest Ride, based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks.
No matter the genre, medium, or venue, Mark Isham displays a boundless ability to electrify the listener with his talent for crafting evocative new musical works.
Mark uses many vintage analog synths along with a Synthesizers.com Box11 system including a Q960 Sequencer.
Here's Mark with his vintage Moog portable system and our QCM8 Moog-Style Portable cabinet and Q960 Sequencer.
Matias Piegari is a Latin Grammy award winning music producer, film composer, keyboardist and sound engineer based in Los Angeles, California. His style oscillates from electronic to orchestral and contemporary music, jazz, fusion and experimental.
METRIC is Emily Haines, Jimmy Shaw, Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott Key. An independent rock and roll band empowered by their innovative approach to the music business, METRIC self-released their last album FANTASIES on five continents without the benefit of a label and earned themselves multiple radio hits around the world with songssuch as "Gimme Sympathy," "Gold Guns Girls," and "Help I'm Alive." They went on to sell over a million singles and 500,000 albums worldwide.
"I just wanted to let you know we are completing the new Metric record up here in freezing cold Toronto and I used the .com not only to write about half the new record, but also to track most of it. Its just simply one of the best instruments I've ever owned. And I've owned a lot! I have a studio 66 and have now ordered more modules from you and have some out of the cabinet." - James
I wanted to let you guys know that we released a video this morning of a song from our upcoming record that prominently features my AMAZING Synthesizers.com system.
The song itself is about 70% Synthesizers.com. Some Linn drum, a bit of Arp 2600 and the intellijel shapeshifter as the vocoder. I found that I wrote almost all of the record using a simple duophonic patch that I made using the Q960 sequencer to make bass lines and the left hand to transpose them. All while playing the melody on the right hand. This was the moment of inspiration for the record.
This song, cascades, is one of many songs on the record that highly features your synth.
The single that we released last month also uses the Synthesizers.com in the same way, though a touch less prominent.
I can't begin to tell you how important that instrument has been to the last 3 years of my life, so thank you!
Active since the last 1990's, Michael Palace's Horchata project has become known for the quality of his (often self-released output), as well as for his highly appraised collaboration. Starting with the essential "Integral" album, in which Horchata set an example for the whole illbient / dark hop scene, Michael Palace later collaborated with Twine (of Bip-Hop and Ghostly International fame), Ocosi, Miles Tilmann, Narc and Zenopede on releases which demonstrated Horchata's ability at working with varied sound sources and genres.
Partly working with sound sampled from his field trips to the Amazon forest (Michael Palace is a research scientist at the University of New Hampshire's Complex System Research Center), Horchata's music ranges from the most organic of atmospheric music to the deepest of basses and beats. The result, a bodily experience that shakes the end and tortures the subwoofer, has been demonstrated live on many occasions, which has helped Horchata gain the status of a band to watch.
Ad Noiseam is proud to release the "Basidia" album, which showcases all the facets of Horchata's talent, and hopefully, displays the high amount of thought put into these recordings. A great care is given here to the feeling and the sound design, making of Horchata an act of his own, where structure, atmosphere, beats and tones are carefully arranged into a mesmerizing and beautiful experience.
Currently, Horchata's setup inlcudes a 39 module Synthesizers.com setup, which he hopes to complete this coming year (44 modules). A 8 module Synthesizers.com rack is filled for live performances . Horchata will support the Larvae and Needle Sharing tour in North America in April 2004.
Matt Baxley, better known to the wider world as Moot Booxlé, is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer, composer, synthesist, funk connoisseur and wearer of many other hats currently based in Fort Myers, Florida. Moot rose to prominence in the early days of YouTube with his videos demonstrating his abilities on the Synthesizers.com modular synthesizer and the talkbox, gaining millions of views, which was unprecedented at the time for that type of content.
Moot played his first professional gig at the age of 16, playing drums in a production of the musical “Grease” in his hometown of Morristown, TN. He has played thousands of gigs since then on multiple instruments.
He currently spends most of his time playing and singing for audiences around Southwest Florida, producing records, both of his own original material and others’, composing music for video games, playing vintage keyboards on studio sessions, demonstrating musical equipment both live and on the internet, and writing books.
Needless to say, Moot does not have a lot of free time, but whenever he does, quite often it is spent playing with synthesizers. All of his many projects can be kept up with at mootbooxle.com
YouTube Video - 1.3 million+ hits.
I currently work under the name "gainforest" and make analog synthesizer music in a style that I call VoltageControlled Music because I use my modular to create voltages that change the music without my intervention, a sort of automatic music. But I also use other gear to achieve this, mainly sequencers and drum machines. I've been into analog synthesizers for four years and have made quite a few songs under other names. I release my music for free on the internet as mp3 downloads and my first official gainforest release should be up soon.
Paca Thomas has been spending the better part of his adult life making his ADD profitable. Educated at Temple University and Webster College Conservatory For The Performing Arts in Theater and Music, he has collectively and separately pursued acting, singing, songwriting, music composition, music production, computer programming, circuit building, synthesizer programming, web design, Flash design, sound effects design, audio engineering, computer-generated imagery and conventional animation.
He has no hobbies.
Along with the aforementioned disciplines, Paca follows in the path of his father, radio personality George Thomas with voiceover work and as producer-sidekick on the recent four-year run of Bernie Taupin's American Roots Radio on SiriusXM.
In his role as Post production Sound Designer, Paca has worked on countless projects, specializing in Animation Sound for which he has won five Emmy awards, seven Emmy nominations plus over a dozen nominations for MPSE Golden Reel Awards while working with Disney, Universal Studios, Sony and DreamWorks among others.
Applying his skills as an Audio Engineer, Producer and Sound Designer in the music world, he has worked with a colorful list of artists that includes George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelics, Rick Springfield, David Cassidy, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Aeone, Dr. Dan, and Guitar Jack Wargo.
Prior to Pacaworks, Paca was a partner with Liz Dubelman in VidLit.com, a pioneer in online multi-media production. VidLit.com created the concept of the video book trailer and Paca was an integral part of the Internet sensations Craziest, Arithmetic of Nurses and Yiddish with Dick and Jane.
Paca's work has been seen in productions for McDonalds, Bank Of America, PBS, Slate Magazine, NBCNews.Com, National Geographic and many more.
Pronounced "Pay-ka", the name is a Welsh surname. William Paca, Paca's namesake, was one of America's Founding Fathers, having signed the Declaration Of Independence and been elected first Governor of Maryland. He was Paca's 6x Great Grandfather.
He was born and raised in Philadelphia but, due to an intense aversion to shoveling snow, Paca has spent most of his sun-soaked life in Los Angeles, where he can nonetheless tell you where to get the best cheese steak, hoagie and even scrapple. He is married to Sheri Anderson, talent manager and two-time Emmy Award-winning writer, best known for her work on Days of Our Lives and General Hospital. They love Scottish Fold cats.
For an albeit incomplete list of Paca's Post Production Sound Design projects, here is his IMDB page.
Paul Lawler trained to be a brass player at the UK's prestigious 'Chethams School of Music' in Manchester, winning awards and international concerto competitions along the way. After finishing studies at Chethams, he went on to a short lived career as a session brass player with the world famous 'Halle Orchestra', and BBC Radio.
Leaving the brass world behind in 1996, Paul began writing scores for the BBC, composing music for the 'Ancient Voices' TV series. The success of this collaboration led to a further 40+ documentary score commissions for most of the major TV stations around the world. Paul has also composed the music for feature films, commercials, news programmes, radio idents, and several major computer game titles such as 'Spyro: A Hero's Tail', taking up the baton from the previous 'Spyro the Dragon' series composer, Stewart Copeland.
Paul has also released over 40 instrumental albums using various pseudonyms, and has collaborated with well known artists from around the globe.
Writing for the production music company 'De-Wolfe Music', since 1998, Paul has composed approx 1000 library tracks in styles right across the board, featuring on 60 De-Wolfe albums, and 1000s of TV shows around the world. Paul now works from an Analogue and Modular synthesiser laden studio in an old Victorian Vicarage out on the Lancashire hills, where he also records album projects such as 'Arcane', and the critically acclaimed prog-synth band 'Contact', released on the 'Temporary Residence' record label.
I thought my new Synth album might be of interest to people here as virtually all of the sequences were done on the Studio 110, plus any synth hugeness you hear throughout.
Paul Waaktaar-Savoy is a Norwegian musician and songwriter best known for his work as the main songwriter and guitarist in the Norwegian pop band A-ha where he wrote or co-wrote most of the band's biggest hits.
Picture shows Studio-66 and Moog 55 with Expansion cabinets from Synthesizers.com, along with Moog pedals and other items.
Veteran composer, programmer and keyboardists, Plex Barnhart, has recently purchased several items from Synthesizers.com to build on to his ever-growing modular system.
With nearly 30 years professional experience, Plex has amassed credits and studio work with (as player and synth programmer: Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Duran Duran, Janet Jackson, Brian Wilson, Paul Simon, Dionne Warwick, Herb Albert ( and many others) as well as live performances with Mitch Mitchell, Richie Sambora, Steve Winwood, Pheobe Snow, All for One, Carlos Alomar, Debbie Gibson (and many others).
As a composer, Barnhart wrote the hit R&B Single "Seems Your Much too Busy" for Vertical Hold, over 400 national jingles, and music-libraries for 4 different companies that air his works in various formats all over the world.
Red Root Vegetable
Out of the rich, fertile musical soil of the greater Boston area grows Red Root Vegetable. Hearty from the abrasive elements of Zeppelin, California Hardcore, and Pompous British Pop yet sweetened by the sunshine of Brian Wilson, the Grateful Dead and Hank Williams - Farmer Ray stumbled upon the secret ingredient while listening to the soundtrack to the film the Shining: the down-home goodness of analog modular synthesizers!
This newly discovered old world sound tasted better than anything he had grown before so Farmer Ray began to plant anything & everything analog. Heirloom items such as the spicy Arp Odyssey and the fragrant EMS Putney had a wonderful flavor but were difficult and quite costly to cultivate. The mighty Moog plant, perhaps the tastiest of them all, grew so inconsistently that Farmer Ray nearly sold the farm!
But a wonderful growing season is upon the plantation. Farmer Ray has settled down with his well-aged Arp 2600 (pruned to perfection by agriculture guru Phil Cirocco) along with his newest specimen, trucked up from the Texas heartland via John Deere tractor: a dot com named Hank. Not surprisingly, Hank proved to be even more delicious than the Moog & as reliable as those bland-flavored Japanese breeds.
Encouraged by such growth, and despite the publics apparent lack of appetite for such an exotic and acquired taste, Farmer Ray periodically gives away samples of his tasty treats. Look for complimentary take-out on the Yahoo synthesizers.com user group or email Farmer Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Retro-Date - Alessandro Magri
Retro-Date is the latest production of Alessandro Magri. The goal is to remake the most popular and trendiest sci-fi movies from the 70's and 80's including U.F.O., Doctor WHO, Space 1999, and original tunes, in a unique electronic/symphonic way.
The project utilizes vintage and modern keyboards such as the Synthesizers.com Modular System, Moog Minimoog, Oberheim OB-8, Roland MKS-70, Fender Rhodes, and other cult gears.
Alessandro was born in Italy, Cento (Ferrara), graduated with piano training at the conservatory, and has studied classical and contemporary music composition techniques. Alessandro has worked for the last fifteen years in the italian pop scene, film soundtracks and orchestral compositions and works as a composer, arranger, conductor and producer.
Collaborators include italian producers like Mike Centonze, Celso Valli, Guido Elmi, and has played with: Vinnie Colaiuta, Michael Landau, Randy Jackson, Stef Burns, James Thompson, Paolo Fresu,others.
Alessandro has also worked with:
Note: Sad to report that Richard Lainhart passed away on December 30, 2011.
Richard Lainhart is an award-winning composer, author, and filmmaker - a digital artisan who works with sonic and visual data. Since childhood, he's been interested in natural processes such as waves, flames and clouds, in harmonics and harmony, and in creative interactions with machines, using them as compositional methods to present sounds that are as beautiful as he can make them. "Lainhart crafts sounds in a tonal, musical fashion- sustained tones, drones, melodic fragments-and electronically manipulates them into beautiful tapestries of sound." (Waterfront Week) [His] "music reflects the spirit of possibility that once defined electronic music, bringing with it a sense of past, present and future that transcends time, technology and cultural assumptions. The spell- binding music seemed to evoke feelings that can't quite be named, and suggest music I might rather imagine for myself in silence than trust most composers to compose." (The Village Voice)."He's evolved a singular vision as a composer, performer and engineer of darkly seductive minimalism." (Peter Marsh, BBC)
Lainhart studied composition and electronic music with Joel Chadabe at the University at Albany. He has composed music for film, television, CD-ROMs, interactive applications, and the Web. His compositions have been performed in the US, England, Sweden, Australia, and Japan. Recordings of his music have appeared on the Periodic Music, Vacant Lot, XI Records and Ex Ovo labels. Lainhart's animations and films have been shown in the US, Canada, Germany, and Korea, and online at ResFest, The New Venue, The Bitscreen, and Streaming Cinema 2.0. He won awards in several categories at the 2002 International Festival of Cinema and Technology in Toronto. As an active performer, Lainhart has appeared in public approximately 2000 times. Besides performing his own work, he has worked and performed with John Cage, David Tudor, Steve Reich, Phill Niblock, David Berhman, and Jordan Rudess, among many others.
He is currently both exploring the outer reaches of digital music technology with the Kyma System and Haken Continuum and returning to his musical roots with the new generation of modular analog synthesizers. You can find examples of his music and digital artworks at his website, http://www.otownmedia.com.
Proud owner of a Synthesizers.com portable instrument. It is incredible. I also purchased back in 2004, A Studio 66, for the audio school I founded in NYC. It is all I could ask for!
My work with analog systems goes back to 1970 or so. My first work with synthesis was on the ARP 2600 and Mini Moog when I was but a teen. Before this I used modified electronic organs, Theremin and tape-based systems to create loops and such.
I developed curricula and taught audio, synthesis and recording arts in New York City's Center for the Media Arts and later was a teacher and Chairman, head of curricula development, at the Institute of Audio Research, NYC. I am also the founder, curricula author and former Director of Digital Media Arts (DMX) media school NYC.
In recent years I have been writing and directing films, and one of these, The Door, won the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival Dark Side Award.
Credits as a musician:
Synthesizer and keyboards and programming on Cyndi Lauper's 'She So Unusual' album. I was awarded a Platinum album and several Gold singles for this work.
Patty Smyth's solo album, The Fixx's Ink, Type O Negative and more. I received a Gold Albums for work with Type O.
Credits as a composer:
Film Score for the John Turturro film 'Mac'. This won Camera D'Or at Cannes. I also performed on and produced these recordings. Film Score for Director Zack Weinstein's 'States Of Control'. Soundtrack is available at Amazon.com. I performed as well as composed and produced all the music for this abstract work. And much more as they say. I did the Film Score for 'Illuminata'. I contributed to this score with end credits. I wrote all the music for the fantasy scene and gypsy musicians. In fact I am one of the Gypsies in the film! Animated Short Film, 'Mrs. Matisse'. This won the ANNECY award for best soundtrack. All music performed, composed, and recorded by Termini. I did an HBO Special featuring Madonna, 'Kids Are Punny'. I composed and performed the music for the piece 'Camel Dances'. Madonna performed the vocals.
Started music lessons at the age of 5. Musical influences as a teenager were Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Kansas, Yes and Rush. After 5 year stint in Air Force, started writing original music with drummer Craig LeMay in theband Cinema. After 20 year solo career, reunited with LeMay in 2018 to form Deaton LeMay Project. Released debut CD “Day After Yesterday” which includes an international ensemble of guest musicians and has been well received worldwide.
SYNTHESIZERS.COM modular was used extensively in the recording of DLP’s new release “The Fifth Element”.
An instructor of piano, violin and guitar since the 1990’s.
After discovering the Berlin School Electronic Music of Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and Michael Hoenig, in 1976, I knew I wanted to do this kind of music as well. It took until 1982, when I could afford my first, but small, synthesizer. A dream was always to have a large modular system, to make my musical dreams come true. But my budget never allowed for buying such a machine. Instead, smaller modulars like the ARP 2600 and Roland 100M were bought, at a time everyone seemed to have DX7's and D50's. Years later, after hearing and playing Marcel Engels his Synthesizers.com system, I knew this was the big modular I wanted. And it was affordable as well. Then some of the older modulars were sold, to be able to afford a big system. Since a few years, I play as a regular member, in two bands who further explore the Berlin School territory. With these bands, Kubusschnitt and my main band Patchwork, some albums were released. I'm also a member of Marcel Engels his Free System Projekt, what studio sessions and gigs are concerned. A double album of this, is released, which also features the Synthesizers.com system. And there is still a lot of exploring to do in this field.
Below, the gear that currently found a place in my studio.
Synthesizers & sequencers:
San Fadyl has been interested in electronic music since his early teens. Inspired by classic Moog analog synthesizer sounds, he now writes music using a portable Q-22 series (custom modules) synthesizers.com modular synth, a Minimoog Model D and various Moogerfoogers FX units.
Apart from his own music, he is also known for his long time work as the drummer from Brooklyn's "The Ladybug Transistor".
San now lives in Zuerich, Switzerland, and continues to tour across Europe, Australia and the USA with "The Ladybug Transistor" and is currently working on his solo album.
Scott is a composer, arranger and synthesist from the North East of England. A fan of film music from an early age and self-taught on a Nast of instruments, Scott's compositional style is not easy to pin down. Inspired by John Williams, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman and countless others, Scott composes vast, symphonic, orchestral scores.
Examples of this can be found in the scores for the adventures of Doctor Puppet for which Scott provides music and also lends his voice. Influenced by electronic composers such as Wendy Carlos, John Carpenter and the work of the BBC Rdiophonic Workshop, Scott also structures sounds and textures to create driving modernistic scores, as well as capturing the sounds of the late 70s and 80s with his array of vintage equipment.
Scott has been compelled to follow in the footsteps of composers Bernard Herrmann & Hand Zimmer and push the limits of instrumentation and production techniques whilst still maintaining a traditional approach to musical composition.
Scott is also an accomplished songwriter, he has been in many bands, composed songs for other artists and has co-written and provided cues for a number of musicals."
Scott Gibbons utilizes both natural acoustic phenomena and audio technology to create simple yet astonishing sonic events. Praised as "master of the sub-bass" by the Wire Magazine, Gibbons' compositions frequently make use of silence and inaudible frequencies. His electro-acoustic recordings and multi-media performances are designed to make unusual sensations appear commonplace, and familiar sounds are contrapositioned to seem startlingly alien by contrast. Collaborators include Societas Raffaello Sanzio (Genesi: from the Museum of Sleep), Mark Spybey (Zoviet-France), and Golan Levin (Telesymphony).
"Gibbons' tendency to understatement is extraordinary. What he shows us seems to be... not the event itself, but the trail."
- The Wire (UK)
"Lilith's music is conceived from the standpoint of simplicity and resourcefulness, with Gibbons' artful approach to the musical potential of mundane objects and only very minimal production trickery substituted for industrial/noise music's curt, often messy impudence."
- All Music Guide
Synthesizers have been part of my life for close to 30 years. I started from an article in Radio Electronics about building the PAIA synthesizer. I built the kits from scratch etching my own pc boards to designing and building custom contacts for the keyboard. In fact I had a speaker on the bottom of the keyboard so I could get feedback from it (an Emerson thing). After seeing California Jam on TV and seeing Emerson's Moog I thought I have to make mine look like his. So, after many facelifts from the basic 2700 I designed the panels and cabinet, including a fully patched Minimoog (paid $650 used in 1975), to look something like Emerson's.
About a year ago, my son Evan was asking about the broken up synthesizer in the corner of the basement and wanted to know if he could play it. I told him it would take a lot of work to get a sound out of it. I made him a deal that if he would start playing and taking piano lessons again I would rebuild it. Without prodding he started to practice on his own and wanted me to call the piano teacher for lessons. So, I had to live up to my end of the deal.
I started to research of Analog Synths on the internet and found Synthesizers.Com. Of course, I fell in love with the systems because of that Moog look and the rest is history. So I built my own cabinets out of oak and stained them black. I created custom control voltage panels to route common triggers and control voltages throughout the modules. This way I could have pseudo preset patches.
It has been a lot of fun building this for my son. Evan has learned a lot about electronics and how sounds are produced. Hopefully, he will have the same belief I had when I was young, that nothing is impossible.
I have been doing electronic music for the better part of 25+ years.
You can find my music here.
Steve Roach is a leading American pioneer in the evolution of ambient/electronic music, helping shape it into what it is today. Grammy nominated in 2018 and 2019 consecutively, his career spans four decades and well over 150 releases. His massive catalog of landmark recordings includes Structures from Silence, Dreamtime Return and Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces (part 1-4). Drawing from a vast, unique and deeply personal authenticity, his albums are fueled by the momentum of a lifetime dedicated to the soundcurrent. Roach is an artist operating at the pinnacle of his artform, driven by a passion and unbroken focus enhancing the emotive, soul-stirring depth of his music.
From the expansive, time-suspending spaces reflecting his spiritual home in Arizona to the fire breathing, sequencer-driven rhythmic-tribal expressions woven from all things electric and organic, this innovative world of sound has been nourished by years of transcendent concerts worldwide. Always reaching towards what’s next on the horizon, Roach refuses to be tied down to any one stylistic direction. Capturing peak moments as they occur in his Timeroom studio, he creates a sonic experience that breathes emotion and vital life energy that connects to an ever-growing worldwide audience.
In 2014 he built a large Synthesizers.com system and proceeded to create a number of now classic release of pure analog driven bliss on this system as well featured it in the live setting. Skeleton Keys, is his first DotCom fueled represent this vibrant return to roots of his early work and taking this sound into now and beyond
Tom Holkenborg JunkieXL
Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, is a Grammy nominated and multi platinum producer, musician, and composer whose versatility puts him on the cutting edge of contemporary music, as well at the vanguard of exciting new film composers. His film scoring credits include Mad Max Fury Road, Deadpool, Black Mass, Divergent, Brimstone and the forthcoming Dark Tower and Tomb Raider.
Tom uses a multi-cabinet MU (Moog Unit) system with modules from Synthesizers.com and other manufacturers, along with Moog modulars. Tom also has a studio full of gear including modulars of different varieties, normalized synths, presets, and anything else imaginable.
Video channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/junkiexlofficial
Zon Vern Pyles
Zon Vern Pyles is an award-winning synthesist known throughout the world as a premiere sound designer and programmer. He has composed music for film, television and radio and programmed factory patches for Clavia/Nord, Quasimidi, Korg, Alesis and Moog (he programmed all 128 factory patches for the Minimoog Voyager Performer Edition).
His current plans include live performance (with synthesist Markk Roberts) and a new CD release later this year where you can hear his dual-manual, three-cabinet Synthesizers.com synthesizer in action.