Pye Corner Audio Live At The Boiler Room (London, April 11th, 2013)

This one has been around for a while, I know! However, I played this on my Apple TV today while I did some work and I think it’s worth sharing here. I also like the stripped down/minimal gear in his set-up. I’m really digging this artist and his music. Its a good set,not much more to say.

Published on Youtube

via Boilerroom.TV

Check Out This Live Classixx Performance on KEXP (Recorded July 29, 2013)

Check out this great performance by the Classixx lads I just came across. There is a ton of Dave Smith Instruments goodness on there. You gotta love the Mopho’s! This is a solid HD performance.

I had the good fortune of checking out one of their DJ sets at Venue in Vancouver a few years back. I remember it well. I remember the DJ before them was pushing BPM’s in the 130 range and higher. Which, kind of irritated us a bit. When Classixx hit the stage they brought it back down in tempo and it was perfect. I’ve been a fan of their music ever since.

Also, if you haven’t already, check out their last LP-Hanging Gardens. Its a great album.


From Youtube:
Published on 19 Jan 2014
http://KEXP.ORG presents CLASSIXX performing “SONG” live in the KEXP studio. Recorded July 29, 2013.

All You’re Waiting For
My Love Sees You
Holding On

Host: Cheryl Waters
Audio Engineer: Kevin Suggs
Cameras: Andrew Franks, Luke Knecht & Justin Wilmore
Editor: Justin Wilmore

Eurorack Meets Nord Drum 2, Synthesizer Goodness!

I like this! This is Eurorack LFO triggers meets Nord Drum 2 wicked awesomeness. Enjoy.

From Youtube:
Published on 11 Apr 2014
First serious session with Nord Drum 2. Using Vermona fourMulator quad LFO to trigger 4 channels with Stoichea picking up the remaining 2. Using S/H waveforms from the Vermona via attenuators (matrix mixer) for timbral variation on the Nord Drum.

This via Synthopia.

Wendy Carlos Talks Stanley Kubrick, A Clockwork Orange & the “Cir-Con.”

I just saw this video today. This appeared on my Facebook feed via Automatic Gainsay. All I can say is that she was an inspiration for many of us. Her music was always epic and seemed so out of reach for a common button pusher like me! Her scores were always noteworthy and were the perfect background for the movies they were part of. She deserves all the recognition and respect she gets.

To see her speak so candidly in this video is heartwarming and brought back so many visual and auditory memories for me. As I mostly only know her from interviews in magazines & limited segments in videos, this is a treat.

She was way more than just her Moog Modular and her Switched On Bach album.


Published on 10 Apr 2014
Wendy Carlos plays selections from the soundtracks for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and A Clockwork Orange. She plays an instrument she helped design called the Circular Controller or “Cir-Con” and remembers Stanley Kubrick.

No infringement intended. Video uploaded with the intent to share some insight on the artist and her work.

Maestros: The Novation Story (2014)

I recently ordered a Novation Bass Station II. So, as you can imagine they are top of my mind this week when it comes to synthesizer goodness. Courtesy of Sound On Sound, I came across this video of Novation celebrating their heritage as a quality provider of MIDI controllers, software, electronics and synthesizers.

The Novation Story

If you would like a chance to win your choice of a Bass Station II, UltraNova or a MiniNova synthesizer visit this page here, download the free sample pack and build a track using them for a chance to win.

From the Novation website

Want to win your choice of Bass Station II, UltraNova, and MiniNova?

Has your inspiration been stirred by our heritage celebration short film? The combination of the Novation sound and innovative design style makes our family of synths invaluable for your productions, and has done for acclaimed electronic and dance musicians including Orbital, M4SONIC, Rudimental, T.E.E.D, Lunice, Teddy Riley, Jimmy Mac (keyboardist for international sensation Lorde), and many more for over 20 years.

We’re proud to present a massive free sample pack that shows off our legendary synth heritage, and all you have to do is create your own track using it for the chance to win one of our latest award winning hardware synthesisers.

Enter the contest here.

Proud new owner of this synthesizer:
Novation Bass Station II

Congratulations on the great synthesizer and electronics story so far, Novation!

Daniel Miller of Mute Records Talks Eurorack Modular Synthesis (@LEAF 2013)

This is a great little video of the very legendary Daniel Miller (Mute Records) going through a Eurorack synthesizer at Leaf (London Electronic Arts Festival)2013. Enjoy!

I like the bit where he mentions switching up the module order in his Eurorack to inspire new patching and ideas!

This came to my attention via I Dream of Wires.

Daniel Miller_Mute Records_Eurorack

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Happy New Year from The Synthesizer Book (2014)!

The Synthesizer Book would like to send out a big warm and appreciative thank you to all of our readers.  Thank you for visiting this blog, engaging and giving us your continued support.  

The book project has taken longer than expected.  Life, family, career are still priorities.  However, the research, the learning and the depth of exposure to all things synthesizer continues to grow;  therefore, expanding the volume of topics from which to draw inspiration.

All that said, here is a big toast to the new year and a resolution to continue on the quest of why this blog originally started, to create The Synthesizer Book.

Happy New Year!

Richard (The Synthesizer Book)

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