Three Musicians, 2 Monophonic Synthesizers, 2 Modular Synthesizers and J.S. Bach

Here is the latest clip from the upcoming I Dream of Wires documentary. The documentary that will explore the modular synthesizer.

Looks like the interview was recorded by Jason Amm with the aid of some alcoholic beverages. Good times!

The video features a performance by Jeremy Greenspan, Christie Sealey, and Jessica Lanza. Two of the musicians are tweaking away and patching modules on 2 separate modular synthesizers and one of the musicians is playing monophonic lines on 2 Roland SH-101 synthesizers.

The notion of Bach performed on synthesizers is not a new concept. That distinction goes to legendary composer, Wendy Carlos (Hooked On Bach). Remember that she used her Moog Modular to show us that classical music could be done on synthesizers. Perhaps she set the way forward by highlighting just how far we could all go with the synthesizer.

Still, this more raw approach on this performance is quite appealing and I’m glad the makers of I Dream of Wires have decided to share it with us. Enjoy!

Greenspan / Sealey / Lanza — J.S. Bach Two Part Inventions, For Modular Synthesizers

For more on I Dream of Wires, Jason Amm and Robert Fantinatto check out their Facebook page here.

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Casio XW-P1 & XW-G1 Synthesizer… the Countdown Ended & No New Synthesizer Unveiled?

EDIT: Looks like someone finally figured it out…

I was on http://casiomusicgear.com and decided to wait the couple of minutes left on their countdown. The synthfiend in me wanted to see something. I was hoping my patience would pay off. The clock wound down and then nothing. No link, no pictures, no video…nada…zilch. Absolutely nothing! What gives Casio?!?! Well, looks like someone in the web department didn’t get their act together. Luckily for me and you, the folks over at Synthopia have a bit of information for us.

Specs for the Casio XW-P1 synth:

-The XW-P1 is a hybrid Lead and Groove Synth;
-Mono solo section with up to six oscillators: two virtual analog, two PCM, noise, and external audio;
-Poly section with ‘a wide variety of gig- ready sounds’;
-Drawbar organ mode;
-Thirteen-track step sequencer with dedicated drum track.

The rumored price for the Casio XW-P1 is $699.

The nine track step sequencer sounds appealing at least. Look forward to learning more.

It’s been a long time since Casio played in synth game, but they’re back and they claim its “the beginning of a new era.”

I picked up a Casio CZ-1000 for $80 a couple of years back. Phase distortion being the reason why I purchased it. However, oddly, this new synthesizer doesn’t seem to have it. I’m sure there will be some grumbling and the truth is, I’m kind of wondering why no phase distortion myself.

Casio XW-G1 Monophonic Synthesizer

Hey online marketers, when you figure it out, send us a link so we can get excited like the rest of your R&D department.

Talk soon,

The Synthesizer Book

A Brief History of the Minimoog Monophonic Analog Synthesizer (1970-1981)

It’s like an infomercial, really! Nonetheless, it’s a chance for the Moog and synthesizer fiends to watch some great musicians play the Moog Minimoog and hear once again, why the Moog Minimoog was such an important instrument for Electronic, Jazz, and some long-haired prog-rockers.

The Minimoog (a monophonic analog synthesizer) was invented by Bill Hemsath and Robert Moog. It was orginally released in 1970 by R.A. Moog Inc. (Moog Music after 1972), and production was stopped in 1981. The Moog was re-designed by Robert Moog in 2002 and released as the Minimoog Voyager.

Also, if you want to see Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode) with his Minimoog go here.

From Youtube:
Follow the life of the Minimoog Synthesizer from its inception through its prolific contributions to popular music throughout the last 4 decades.

In this first installment documenting the journey of the Minimoog synth through the 1970’s, we explore the musicians and the people that were instrumental in bringing the instrument to prominence. We also sit with one of Moog Music’s earliest engineers, Bill Hemsath, who recalls the process of the Minimoog’s birth and sheds some light on what sets the Moog synthesizer apart from other analog synths.

See more Moog history here: http://www.moogmusic.com/legacy