Excerpt of legendary composer and synth pioneer Wendy Carlos on the BBC in 1989.
Recently started reading a book entitled Synth Gods by Keyboard Mag. Below is another neat little interview tidbit with Wendy speaking about her time composing for Tron. If you didn’t know, she also composed the score for Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and The Shining.
Interviewer: In doing the music for Tron, you were under some deadline pressure.
Wendy: Often I look back after finishing a project and wonder, "Where did that come from?". I start to be afraid that I'll never be able to do it again. It's a scary feeling that you probably never totally lose. But some part of it went away after Tron. That was the most concentrated, tightly packed amount of work, from both a technical and an artistic viewpoint, that I had ever done in my life.
I had never been this forced to plan out and produce in so little time. So I had to run more by the seat of my pants and hope that l was really as professional as people were telling me I was. And yet I didn't feel that I ever resorted to formulas or compromises. Somehow, I feel that my experiences over the past 20 years have made me a composer now in a way that I never felt I was before. I'm not afraid to say that, yes, I can compose to order. I'm not afraid that I will lack inspiration, or that my output will be just plain lousy.
At the same time, I feel much less that I am actually the personal author of the work. I feel that I'm part of a process. I watch from afar, as it were and see something like the satellite phone system, where I'm not originating the transmission, but it's passing through me and I’m responsible for it’s coherence and its intelligibility. I know that something is part of me when it's all finished. Clearly it reflects some of the things I like to hear. These are my feelings. I'm not trying to put a value on these feelings, just to observe that they exist.
References: Keyboard Mag, Synth Gods by Ernie Rideout. Watch the full video at BBC Radio Six Music on Facebook.
‼️ This one right here is 100% worth a try!!!.
Just like any mix or master, your goal is to find what works best for the song. Utilize this tip to see if you can get a more natural sounding finished product! .
Instead of asking a limiter, or compressor, to handle the entire job...split that load up over several. This works in mastering, as well as the mix. Keep in mind, every compressor and limiter sounds different. This is why it’s important to TRY different instances to see what works best for your CURRENT mix. .
Bonus: you can even try mix a soft clip in there since you’re not overloading the unit with a ton of information! Sometimes the effect is too much extra noise, but others it’s exactly what you might be looking for! 😉
Posted at: 2019-07-19 05:58:41
Yamaha Music System (1984)
Vintage digital: Back in 1984, ¥115,500 (around US$1100) could buy you Yamaha’s music creation bundle, including an MSX computer, the SFG-01 FM Sound Synthesizer Unit and the YK-10 keyboard. 🎹
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Posted at: 2019-07-16 07:02:05
One thing you might not know about The Beatles’ album Abbey Road is that it featured a Moog synth! George Harrison bought one back in 1969 when it was just newly invented by Robert Moog.
The Beatles used the Moog on four of Abbey Road's songs: Maxwell's Silver Hammer, I Want You (She's So Heavy), Here Comes The Sun and Because.
Some other rock albums that featured the newly invented Moog in the late 1960’s were Strange Days by the Doors, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones, Ltd. by the Monkees, The Notorious Byrd Brothers by the Byrds, and Simon & Garfunkel's Bookends.
These bands didn’t just pick up a Moog synth and play, however. Electronic music pioneers Paul Beaver and Bernie Krause played a key role in popularizing the instrument back in the day, as they were some of the only ones that could program it. The pair did a fair amount of session work.
George Harrison’s quote on the Moog synth, from The Beatles Anthology:
I first heard about the Moog synthesizer in America. I had to have mine made specially, because Mr. Moog had only just invented it. It was enormous, with hundreds of jackplugs and two keyboards.
It was one thing having one, and another trying to make it work. There wasn't an instruction manual, and even if there had been it would probably have been a couple of thousand pages long.
And a quote from The Beatles’ engineer, Geoff Emerick, from Music Radar:
Music Radar: The Moog synthesizer was a new addition to The Beatles' lineup of instruments on Abbey Road. Do you recall any new guitars or drums coming in?
Geoff: No. I really couldn't pay attention to that side of things, although I was quite fascinated with what they were doing with the Moog. I was more concerned with tones and getting sounds right. Don't forget, before then, everything was being monitored in mono; this was the first album we recorded in stereo.
References: Beatles Bible, Anthology, Wiki, Moog, Classic Tracks, Music Radar.
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