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Bösendorfer Piano for Montage

Friday, June 24, 2016

Hyve Touch Synthesizer Petting Zoo Coming to Institute4Creativty Friday July 1

7PM, Friday, July 1 at Institute4Creativty 111 S. Walnut St. Champaign, IL, USA, Earth, Milky Way, Universe.

Expressions is a recurring event showcasing multi-media art created by local underground talent with a shared theme of experimental and psychedelic expression.

Erica Synths Pico Demo

via Perfect Circuit Audio

"Erica Synths Pico series is a collection of eurorack modules in an incredibly small 3HP per module width. Put them all together and you have yourself the smallest eurorack modular synth system available. So small in fact, you can build an entire Pico modular synth system that fits in a space smaller than an Intellijel Atlantis. Don't let the compact size and low cost per module fool you; while these modules are tiny and relatively inexpensive, the sound, functionality, and build quality are impressive. It's no surprise the Pico modules are showing up in so many racks on Modular Grid already."

ContinuuCon :: 2016

Published on Jun 18, 2016 ContinuuCon

This is a playlist of ContinuuCon 2016 videos starting with the teaser video. The full playlist follows the description below. Note Tony Rolando of Make Noise's video went up previously here. You can skip any video using the video controls at the bottom of the player.

"ContinuuCon, the First Continuum Fingerboard Conference took place June 9–11, 2016, at the Altamont Theatre in Asheville, NC.

Performers, sound designers, composers and electronic music enthusiasts who attended ContinuuCon explored this uniquely expressive instrument through concerts, workshops, lectures and more. Dr. Lippold Haken, inventor of the Continuum, and Edmund Eagan, developer of the Continuum’s synthesis engine EaganMatrix, were among those sharing their knowledge and musical talents.

With sponsors including the Bob Moog Foundation and modular synthesizer manufacturer Make Noise, the event opened with a reception at the Make Noise factory and included an evening concert, and a dinner (with multiple jam sessions) at Streamside.

Cameras: Geary Yelton, Chris Stack, John Schwenk
Editing: Chris Stack
ContinuuConcert Visuals: Greg Waltzer

Special thanks to: The Bob Moog Foundation, Make Noise, Hong Waltzer, Lora Tannenholz, The Altamont Theater and all the ContinuuCon attendees and guests.

Learn more at continuucon.com and hakenaudio.com/Continuum"


1. ContinuuCon Teaser Video

2. ContinuuCon :: 2016

3. ContinuuCon Quick Take :: Pallav Pandya

4. ContinuuCon :: Continuum History with Lippold Haken - "History and Deconstruction - Dr. Lippold Haken :: A chronological look at the development of the Continuum, from the first design goals to the current state of the art. Including design philosophies and the evolution that has occurred due to exposure to performers and new synthesis techniques."

5. ContinuuCon :: Continuous Pitch-Space Instruments with Dr. Tom Rhea - "A journey through time with the Hellertion, theremin, ondes Martenot, Trautonium, Moog Ribbon, Moog Trazor, and of course now, the Haken Continuum.

Dr. Tom Rhea pioneered introduction of synthesizers internationally as a Moog synthesizer clinician, functional design consultant, artist relations specialist, documentation writer, and marketing executive. Publications include articles and reviews in Computer Music Journal and many owner's manuals, e.g. the Minimoog Owner's Manual.

A noted lecturer on the history of electronic musical instruments, his Ph.D. dissertation on the topic is cited in The New Harvard Dictionary of Music, and in multiple entries in The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, and now The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, Second Edition.

Conceived and oversaw development of, and wrote the first music for OxyLights, the world's largest permanent music and light installation, as recognized in The Guinness Book of World Records. Artist in Residence at the IEA (Institute for Electronic Arts) 2000-2001 at Alfred University, NY to explore use of DVD technology for presentation of film clips with focus on electronics in the soundtrack.

Cameras: Geary Yelton, Chris Stack
Editing: Chris Stack
Audio: John Schwenk"

6. ContinuuCon :: EaganMatrix pt1 with Ed Eagan - "Design philosophy, the reason for it’s existence, inspirations, why a matrix, what is a matrix, module by module descriptions, simple and complex patching examples, the reasons behind the percular formula construction, integration with MIDI and Max MSP."

7. ContinuuCon :: Tony Rolando on East Coast/West Coast Synthesis - "Make Noise founder Tony Rolando fills us in on the historical differences and similarities in the development of synthesis and electronic music on the East and West coasts. He also includes a demo of Make Noise's new 0-Coast synthesizer module."

8. ContunuuCon :: Continuum Playing Techniques pt1 - "Ed Eagan, Sally Sparks and Rob Schwimmer in a panel discussion and open forum about Continuum playing techniques, and how each has developed their own personal style. Learn more at www.continuucon.com"

Moog Voyager Expander VX-351 with Extras

via this auction

"This sale includes the Moog Voyager Expander, it's attachment cable, patch cables, and two expression cables."

Yamaha TX416 Synthesizer ( 4 DX7s in a rack )

via this auction

TX81Z Tune

Published on Jun 24, 2016 Eddie Craig

"All sound comes from the TX unit, including percussion.
Midi and effects from Ableton 9"

Reaktor 6 + Eurorack Modular Experiment 01

Published on Jun 24, 2016 VoltageCtrlRtv

"This analog/digital modular experiment is made with a combo of Reaktor 6 Blocks: Clock, Clock Divider, Probability, Random gates, West Coast CFG 4x LPG's, Envelope, LFO, 2 x Quad LFO, Quad Delay, Fold OSC, AE35, Mixer.

The Reaktor 6 Blocks patch is sequencing my Eurorack Modular case and supplying pitch to my analog oscillators.

I'm going to be releasing a Reaktor 6 Sketchbook with a 6 song Ep with all the included Reaktor Blocks patches for you to tweak and explore with Reaktor 6 as a stand alone synth or you can plug the patch into your modular or any other analog gear that accepts pitch and gate via control voltage.

Stay tuned for more sonic experiments.


Moog Music Pays Tribute to Bernie Worrell

via Moog Music

"Today we say a very sad and hard goodbye to beloved Moog family member, Bernie Worrell.

As the founding keyboardist and musical director for Parliament Funkadelic, Bernie's pioneering use of the Minimoog laid the foundation for P-Funk's futuristic sound. Despite his many musical accomplishments, it’s his joyful soul and gentle heart that touched everyone at Moog most. He is the father of Moog bass and the auteur of the funkiest basslines in history - “so wide you can’t get around them, so low you can’t get under them”. Worrell’s bass never reaches the bottom, it wobbles your inner being and oscillates your soul. His grooves were three-dimensional, and they have the timeless power to unite people under the power of their groove.

Bernie Worrell lived a lifetime of music. A child prodigy, Bernie began piano lessons at age 3, gave his first classical concert at 4 and had composed his first concerto by age 8. His gift of perfect pitch guided him through Juilliard and the New England Conservatory of Music, where he developed an affinity for ELP records and Keith Emerson’s use of the Moog synthesizer, inspiring him to acquire one of the new Moog instruments for himself. Like Emerson before him, Bernie Worrell’s command of the synthesizer would shape a new sound for the future. Bernie’s analog basslines for Parliament Funkadelic were the substructure for the band’s inter-dimensional operas and remain foundational to this day; as one of history’s most sampled artists, Bernie’s sonic vocabulary is heard prominently in the works of hip-hop’s most impactful producers- a lasting testament to his unique ability to move the masses. Bernie’s contributions to modern music cannot be understated, without him, there would be no funk.

Our fondest memories are of Bernie joining us for many Moogfest’s to celebrate the spirit of his friend, Bob Moog. Bernie received the Bob Moog Legacy Award in 2008 for his groundbreaking use of the synthesizer and celebrated his 70th birthday at Moogfest 2014. Just last month at Moogfest 2016, Bernie surprised his fans with an intimate impromptu performance with one of the first new Minimoogs produced in over 40 years. Bernie was a beacon of kindness and warmth, we gravitated to the pull of his heart whenever we were blessed with his presence.

Thank you for blessing us with the funk of life and the deep magic of the groove, Bernie. The Moog family is forever grateful to you for opening the door to new dimensions. You are a true wizard.

Love, your friends at Moog"

Bernie Worrell Has Passed Away

Just saw the sad news via @Dr_Blankenstein.

Those that follow the site regularly, know Bernie had lung cancer.

Wikipedia currently has the following up: "George Bernard 'Bernie' Worrell, Jr. (April 19, 1944–June 24, 2016[1]) was an American keyboardist and composer best known as a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and for his work with Talking Heads. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. Worrell battled stage-four lung cancer and his wife issued a statement on June 16, 2016, that he was near death. He died 8 days later."

Bernie continued to perform live throughout his life and although he was recently ill, he made his way to Moogfest. The video below is from May 20. Think about that for a bit. Less than a month before his passing, he went out and jammed on a new Minimoog Model D, in public. The man never gave up. That my friends is inspiration beyond inspiration. Never give up. Live life as much as you can while you can, no matter what. Bernie is one of our heroes.

Sincere condolences to his close friends and family.

IMG_6354.MOV from Dan Nigrin on Vimeo.

"Bernie Worrell doing impromptu Flashlight riffs at Moogfest 2016 in the Pop Up Moog Factory. May 20, 2016"

Bernie Worrell Playing His Heart Out

Uploaded on Mar 4, 2011

This one is a bit distorted, but it's great to see him play.

"Bernie up close and personal!!! Unbelievable version of Flashlight with Soulive at Brooklyn Bowl II"

Flashlight - Bernie Worrell tribute - Webster hall

And back in the day:

Parliament-Funkadelic - Flash Light - 11/6/1978 - Capitol Theatre (Official)

DO NOT MISS THIS VIDEO. Bernie gets a shout out for his solo at 19:42, but that's not him with the hoody on the CS80. The bassline in the background is actually Bernie on the Minimoog and he comes in visually at 20:35.

Update: Moog Music pays tribute to Bernie Worrell.

Quiet Saturdays - Episode 33

Published on Jun 24, 2016 Alba Ecstasy

"This Episode 33 was born from my newest Mutable Instrument Eurorack module, Tides. The drone-sequence is made with it, modulating the Ripples (cutoff) and the Braids (Timbre and Color) and the SEM filter for Z3000mkii. Clouds is coming over with the Oliverb (Parasite mode). Beatstep Pro is pitching and gating. But, the episode actually starts with a pad from Radias and a lead from OP-1. Volca FM adds the bass, microKorg - the wind of sorrow and the Circuit adds some rhythm.
Ganesh the Cat and I, wish you a relaxing weekend!

ae http://www.albaecstasy.ro

PS: the last minute of the video is a rewinded minute before the camera to stop..."