"Gentlemen: I have a story that may be of interest to you. It is not widely known who invented the circuitry concept for the automatic sequential performance of musical pitches - now well known as a sequencer. I, however, do know who the inventor was - for it was I who first conceived and built the sequencer.
" This is the opening to an undated, unaddressed letter, found in Raymond Scott's personal papers (yes, the same fellow whose kooky soundtracks scored everything
from Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies to Ren & Stimpy, The Simpson
, and Animaniacs
). You can read the rest of Scott's letter
, along with Bob Moog's recollections of visiting Raymond's electronics laboratory in the mid-1950s. Or you could jump ahead to the mid-1960s, when Jim Henson was in his late 20s to early 30s, and he was working on a variety of odd projects after a successful run with Sam and Friends, but before he it it big with Sesame Street. It was at this point that he teamed up with Scott on a few short, experimental films
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Sep 12, 2013 -
Anecdotal evidence shows that you, the Metafilter reader, have had it up to here with autotuned vocals in pop music. Well, the good people over at the Moog company feel your pain, and have introduced, as part of their popular Moogerfooger line, a piece of studio gear designed to counter the trend toward artificial pitch correction. Ladies and gentlemen, the MF-401 Auto De-tune
. Although, any studio considering the MF-401 might want to look into the all-purpose Turd Polisher Pro
instead... [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Apr 1, 2010 -
"Documentary following a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesiser from the experimental fringes to the centre of the pop stage.
In the late 1970s, small pockets of electronic artists including the Human League, Daniel Miller and Cabaret Voltaire were inspired by Kraftwerk and JG Ballard and dreamt of the sound of the future against the backdrop of bleak, high-rise Britain."
posted by vronsky
on Nov 19, 2009 -
The Alchemists of Sound: 2003 documentary on the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. 1
posted by vronsky
on Mar 5, 2009 -
Hear them all......
The most famous version of the early synthesizer hit "Popcorn" was played in 1972 by a studio group called Hot Butter
, led by legendary session musician Stan Free
. Few people know that the song was actually written by electronic music pioneer Gershon Kingsley
. If you'd like to hear excerpts of Kingsley's original version, along with scores of cover versions, here ya go.
posted by metasonix
on May 30, 2007 -
has passed away after battling a brain tumor for several months. There aren't any news stories up yet, but simply key his name into Google
and it's plain to see his influence on every aspect of music. The family has a caringbridge
page filled with tributes and several journal entries.
posted by teletype1
on Aug 21, 2005 -
What do you call two thereminists in a room together?
A convention. Well, about 50 thereminists gathered
for the Ether Music 2005 Convention last week in Asheville, NC. But what’s a theremin
, you ask? You can meet
a theremin, marvel at it’s award-winning beauty (scroll down)
, enjoy some theremin humor
, buy a vintage
theremin, or if that’s too pricey, build one
or even enter to win
your very own. (previously discussed here, here and here)
posted by grateful
on Aug 12, 2005 -