Be your own Tangerine Dream
July 3, 2019 1:45 PM   Subscribe

On this website, you’ll learn the basics of using synthesizers (or synths). No prior experience or equipment is required; you’ll do everything right here in your browser. Go on, nobody else is working today either.

Ableton AG is a Berlin-based music software company that produces and distributes the production and performance program Ableton Live and a collection of related instruments and sample libraries, as well as their own hardware controller Ableton Push.
posted by chinese_fashion (11 comments total) 88 users marked this as a favorite
 
I'd rather be my own Throbbing Gristle, but I take your point.
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 1:53 PM on July 3, 2019 [10 favorites]


This is great fun to play with, really nicely done.
posted by salt grass at 1:53 PM on July 3, 2019 [1 favorite]


JSCS, Why not both?
posted by evilDoug at 2:25 PM on July 3, 2019 [2 favorites]


I have long harboured hate for Tangerine Dream on the back of their soundtrack for The Keep. This made me look them up. Apparently they have published 163 albums of material over the last 49 years. Wow.

They still represent a terrible misstep for Mann however. I guess it's in their favour I didn't really notice their stuff in Thief.
posted by biffa at 2:30 PM on July 3, 2019


I had fun playing with this last night, but then I fell in a Vocaloid YouTube hole, and oh that spiralled sooo quickly
posted by Faintdreams at 2:44 PM on July 3, 2019 [1 favorite]


All this website did was just make me go grab my pocket operator and start making some music.
posted by deadaluspark at 3:51 PM on July 3, 2019 [5 favorites]


I have long harboured hate for Tangerine Dream on the back of their soundtrack for The Keep.

I remember liking it last I had heard it (some 30-odd years ago). TD swerves between two poles - dread of being pummelled by Buddy Revell, and dread of the dynamite exploding if I hit that bump too fast.
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 4:49 PM on July 3, 2019 [1 favorite]


Saw "Sorcerer" when it premiered in '77 and it's been my "all time favorite movie" ever since, partly on the strength of the theme by tangerine dream.
Of course I was a truck driver at the time, so maybe that colored my youthful judment, but that music has been in every collection I've had ever since (and in my head when I drive at night).
I remember reading that director Friedkin cut the film to the music and not the other way around.
I guess I'll be playing with this toy for a while (thanks!) but I'll just be trying to copy TD I'm sure.
Need a gritty cliff hanger (literally) to watch? Try this one.
posted by Alter Cocker at 5:53 PM on July 3, 2019 [4 favorites]


long harboured hate for Tangerine Dream

Throws hockey gloves down onto the ice angrily... Ok, ok - they are apparently an acquired taste.
posted by jkaczor at 6:09 AM on July 4, 2019


WTF! This is the second site linked on the blue that I can't get to work. Why does it hate Chromium? I've updated as far as I can, even installing a new build that someone had posted on a Raspbian forum. Firefox runs like a dog on my Pi. Is it a Flash thing?

(sorry to derail... if anyone has any ideas, please PM me)
posted by kathrynm at 8:20 AM on July 4, 2019


>I have long harboured hate for Tangerine Dream on the back of their soundtrack for The Keep.

I'm a huge TD fan. I don't particularly care for their material past the mid-80s. I blame the shift to MIDI sequencers more than their collective creative genius. (There's also a HUGE amount of fan distributed content from their 70s era shows in the Tangerine Trees archives.) But past 1986 or so, nope, they just don't have quite the same experimental feel that they did.

But going back to the subject of this thread (which has nothing to do with TD, other than electronic noise being electronic noise...) ... It's a nice tutorial on the basics. Hooray for the web audio api that makes these things possible.
posted by Catblack at 8:32 AM on July 6, 2019


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