Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Telharmonium

Here's a clip from the documentary Magic Music From The Telharmonium. The Telharmonium was the first electronic synthesizer complete with a touch sensitive keyboard. Three different versions were built, weighing from 7 tons to almost 200 tons!

For those wanting more spoilers, you can read this great synthmuseum.com article about the instrument.

David Gilmour does On the Run on the EMS Synthi

Here's David Gilmour and showing how they did the the synth line for On the Run on an EMS Synthi A.

And here's a Synthi advert from days gone by.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Electronium

The Electronium is a huge electronic synthesizer built in 1960s by Raymond Scott. Here's a talk from the restorator of the thing. Keep up the good work in restoring this awesome piece of history!

EDIT: I had to include this MIND-BOGGLING composition of his using the Electronium.

Bruce Haack short documentary

If you've never heard of Bruce Haack, you should check this out. Bruce Haack was a real pioneer of electronic music, making electronic albums starting in the late sixties. The audio not the best but works.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Moby's awesome synth collection

Every synth enthusiast must watch this: Moby going through his collection of synthesizers. The old drum synths get a lot of screen time. And Moby couldn't be more wrong when he ends the video by telling us he's not cool.

Strange guitars compilation

Something for the guitarists out there. Check out this collection of cool / ridiculous and above all, strange guitars.

Eigenharp demonstration

Very nice demonstration of the Eigenharp, with step-by-step introduction to it's capabilities. So cool.

Frank Zappa playing the bicycle in 1963

Gotta love Zappa.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Array Mbira

Very cool instrument - like a thumb piano but bigger and better...

Array instruments has it's own interesting way of arranging the notes on this thing. See more here.

BEND: a circuit bending documentary

Here's another short doc for you to watch! Mainly people describing circuit bending with some nice bent sounds.

An early speech synthesizer - Voder

This is so cool. A short clip of an old speech synth in action.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Glitch - a film about circuit bending

Here's something for you to watch: a nice little documentary on circuit bending.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Friday, July 5, 2013

Free android synthesizer with Yamaha DX7 emulation

For all the Android users out there, here's a cool free app for you: Music Synthesizer by Raph Levien. It's an emulation of the legendary Yamaha DX7.

Via Music radar.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Gimmick Graph, a unique free synth for Macs

Here's another free synth for you: Gimmick Graph - a synthesizer where you draw the waveform. This one is only available for the Mac users out there.

Found via this Sonic State article.

Free drum synth VST: EXD-80

Here's something for the Windows VST users: EXD-80, a free drum synth by Third Harmonic Studios.

It's a virtual analog drum synthesizer, and good for all kinds of electronic music and more. See more info in this article by Sonic State.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Crazy thumb piano / drone synth

Loving this one, nice enclosure & details!

Control music by ripples in the water

When the user creates ripples in the water tank, a few phototransistors and an Arduino detect the changes in light. The Arduino then sends some MIDI data to a synth. Interesting but seems a bit nonresponsive at times.

Worms making music

Two videos of worms "making music". Actually it seems they're more like circuit benders but that's OK too.

Arduino controlled drum jam by Jazari

Here's an awesome demonstration of the robotic drum and percussion ensemble by Jazari!

Found this from the #1 circuit-bending page, getlofi.com.