Last weekend I was just playing around, improvising on some electronics. I decided to make a quick recording. The big thing is that I was using two different echoes set at different times to create a rhythm. This created the backbone of the ditty. I then improvised over it. Not great, and very rough, but I like it… (hope to do a better recording later, but…)
At the tender age of 6 I became a synthesizer fanatic. My first exposure was Wendy Carlos’ epic album, Switched on Bach. After hearing that I tried to find anything and everything that had synthesizers, particularly the big Moog modular synthesizer.
At about 12 I saw an album cover with the coolest synthesizer on the back. I had to have it! But at that age I really couldn’t afford it. Now the stories differ. I remember buying it for my brother for Christmas while he says he bought it himself, the first album he actually paid for. Whichever way, that cool looking album ended up in my brothers hands. Of course at 12 that meant it is almost mine forever.
I was totally blown away when I first heard it. Although I was a synth-fanatic, I had never heard sounds quite like it. There was lush soundscapes, complex textures, shimmering glides, ethereal voices and surrealistic instruments. Sure, there were some quirky, silly and novelty sounds mixed in, but as a kid I loved it. More than anything I’d heard created by synthesizer, this sounded living, organic. And yet it sounded spacey and futuristic. Continue reading →
I’ve posted smiles that have run a large rang. There have been simple things and complex, old and new, and.. wait… that sounds like something for this weeks smile :)
I received my first music synthesizer when I graduated high school. It was part graduation present and I paid for part of it. The instrument was a Realistic MG-1. That’s right, it came from Radio Shack! That being said, the basic synthesizer was built by Moog, a company that at one time was almost synonymous with synthesizer. Through the years I bought newer and better instruments. The MG-1 had two ways to make sounds – the Moog analog synth, which played one note at a time. This sound quickly became dated as the 80s progressed. Then there was an organ tone that I almost never used. The newer instruments had a “modern” sound and could play more than one note at a time. As time went by the keyboard had issues and other problems cropped up.
OK, I’ve posted this version of the song before, but I just made a quick video. And since my A Smile A Day post today was about making music :) All sounds were made with a Moog Minimoog Voyager and played by me. Some winter pictures and Christmas pictures. Enjoy!
Greensleeves is my favorite Christmas song. OK, technically Greensleeves is not a Christmas song, it’s a song about somebody’s lover or a prostitute, but somebody once wrote religious lyrics to the tune and called it “What Child is This?” 90% of the time you hear the tune it is an instrumental and called Greensleeves. So yeas, I guess I like listening to songs about illicit love at this time of year. Continue reading →
I just made a little recording for fun. Don’t take this music, called Flashback Now, too seriously. Don’t expect anything like the symphony, orchestrated art song or the piano sonata I’ve posted. Don’t even expect the twisted pop song I put up a while ago. This might remind you more of background music to a science TV show from the 1970s. Continue reading →