Showing posts with label ARPFoundation. Show all posts
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Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Press release follows.

The Foundation Announces the First Publicly-Accessible ARP 2500 in the USA

STONE RIDGE, NY, November 28, 2023: Thanks to a generous donation by former ARP employee Bruce McLendon, the Alan R. Pearlman Foundation is welcoming a 2508 Wing Cabinet into its collection of legendary ARP synthesizers.

This 2508 cabinet was assembled as a complete self-contained 2500 synthesizer featuring original oscillator, filter, sequencer, envelope and mix-sequencer modules, all linked by the flexible 2500 patch matrix system. It also contains a new oscillator module designed and built for the Foundation by Phil Cirocco of CMS (Discrete Music Systems).

The ARP Foundation is launching an IndieGogo campaign to raise funds to complete the restoration of what will become the only publicly-accessible ARP 2500 synthesizer in the USA, and to bolster its ARPs For All Program in preparation for the 2500’s arrival.

View the Campaign!

About the Alan R. Pearlman Foundation:

The ARP Archives & The Alan R. Pearlman Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Its mission is to celebrate the legacy of inventor, musician, entrepreneur and engineer Alan R. Pearlman, by making his innovative inventions publicly accessible, and by inspiring future generations to imagine and create. Alan R. Pearlman was a pioneer in the electronic music world, and the founder of ARP Synthesizers, a leading synthesizer manufacturer in the 1970s. The Foundation is dedicated to preserving his legacy, and is committed to creating opportunities for emerging artists, sound designers and electronic music entrepreneurs.

Among their missions is enabling artists and designers to use rare, vintage ARP synthesizers, as well as recording and production equipment - which they’ve successfully accomplished with the ARPs For All Program in cooperation with their partners at The Record Co. in Boston, MA


Side note for synth history's sake: The New England Synthesizer Museum supposedly had the first ARP 2500 on display, but it was non functional when I visited, and the museum no longer around. The owner/curator David Hillel Wilson passed away back in 2010.

Thursday, November 09, 2023

ARPs For All! // The ARP Foundation at Knobcon 2023 with Dina Pearlman & Chris Meyer

video upload by DivKid

"Here I talk with Dina Pearlman (Alan R Pearlman's daughter) and Chris Meyer (a new board member) from the ARP Foundation. We find out about what the ARP Foundation is as well as a new venture with arps for all, which through a partnership with TRC (The Record Co) they're amassing a collection of historic ARP instruments to make them accessible to everyone, based out of Boston, Massachusetts, USA."

ARP Foundation //
The Record co (partner in Boston) //

Thursday, November 02, 2023

Depeche Mode Drums

video upload by Alex Ball

"A look at a specific drum setup used by Depeche Mode and Daniel Miller on their album, Speak and Spell, from 1981.

0:00 Intro
0:51 KR-55 Snare
1:55 Interfacing Setup
3:23 ARP 2600 Daniel Miller Kick
7:32 Roland MC-4
8:14 Test it out
8:43 Alternative Gear / Sample Pack
9:34 Outro Jam

Get the sample pack:"

Monday, October 30, 2023

A Conversation with Alan Howarth: A Halloween Watchparty!

video upload by Alan R. Pearlman Foundation

Note: "For those attending the watch party on Monday if you make a donation during the premiere, your name will be put into a drawing for a poster or tee shirt from our shop (don't forget to check out new merch!) The winner announced on Halloween."

"Right in time for Halloween! Join d'ARP (Dina Pearlman-Ifil) as she chats with Alan Howarth about his life and work as a Music Composer, Sound Designer and Producer!

Alan Howarth’s award–winning film work started on Star Trek–The Motion Picture, launching him as a sound designer for the following 6 Star Trek feature films. Next was 'Escape From New York', collaborating on music with director and composer, John Carpenter, and scoring for 'Halloween sequels 2–6″, 'Christine', 'Big Trouble in Little China', 'Prince of Darkness' and 'They Live'. He has since composed music for over 50 films with his most current score of “From the Shadows” set to release in this fall of 2023. (read more on his website:

Stick around after the Interview for a special Demonstration video with Alan discussing and makeing some of his sound-making techniques. Not to be missed! You'll have time for a short break, then go right to the video!"

Alan Howarth - Demonstration! (premiers at 3:30 PM after the above show)

video upload by

"After the initial visit with Alan Howarth, d'ARP (Dina Pearlman-Ifil) and Alan met once again where he shows how he created patches for his new and upcoming films! Celebrate Halloween and learn how to make some really cool sounds!"

"Other details...
The watch party is FREE, however, if you choose to donate during the watch party, your name will be put into a drawing for a poster or tee shirt from our shop (don't forget to check out new merch!)The winner will be announced on Halloween."

"Prize details:

For those attending the watch party on Monday if you make a donation during the premiere, your name will be put into a drawing for a poster or tee shirt from our shop (don't forget to check out new merch!) The winner announced on Halloween."

Friday, October 06, 2023

The First Ever all ARP 2500 Album Opens for Preorder Today on BandCamp

via the Alan R Pearlman Foundation

It's BandCamp Friday, and we have a treat for you!

The first ever all ARP 2500 album opens for preorder today on BandCamp!

Check out the album Now!

The ARP 2500 by David Baron
Distrubuted by Here & Now Recordings

About the Album:

Although it went largely unnoticed at the time, the 2500 became one of the most famous synthesizers in history when it was featured prominently in the film Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, where it was used to communicate with an alien spaceship.

ARP instruments founder Alan Robert Pearlman was a Nasa scientist. Between 1970 and 1981 only 100 ARP 2500's were ever made, each a custom order, no standard configurations. ARP 2500 one of Jean-Michel Jarre's favourite instruments. All the sounds are completely unique. You pretty much need a degree in physics to operate one!

Pete Townsend "Mine plays six notes at once, can have 20 sets of preset control voltages available, six audio signals mixed and instantly usable at various levels. The most incredibly subtle tone colours can be produced using the multimode resonator in conjunction with a normal filter, and the sequencer will provide exhilarating cascades of arpeggios."

David Baron "The Arp 2500 was the only sound source. I sequenced one or two patches at a time and then built the compositions in layers. A lot of the audio FX were created through the use of pedals. The reverberation came from the Bricasti, EMT 240 Plate, Roland Space Echo 501, and a Vermona Spring Reverb. The Arp 2500 always ran through the Avedis Key Pre. I used very little dynamic compression/limiting. Time delay effects were mostly created ‘in the box’ but also with rack mount outboard including the AMS Tape Phase Simulator, an Eventide Instant Flanger, and a MXR Flanger/Doubler. The instrument stays in tune (for the most part). The filters can distort so some care has to be used when gain staging. The envelopes are very snappy. The sound is beautiful and creamy yet percussive and forward."

About David Baron
Record producer, film composer, musician, arranger, engineer located in the historic Woodstock, New York area. An avid collector of vintage analog synthesizers and recording gear. He owns a private recording studio called Sun Mountain Studios located on top of a mountain overlooking the Ashokan Reservoir.

Some artists he has worked with: Lumineers, Shania Twain, Jade Bird, Shawn Mendes, Vance Joy, Meghan Trainor, Lenny Kravitz, Jeremiah Fraites, Josin, Matt Maeson and Lana Del Rey.

He blends retro and modern, orchestrated and raw. The contrast that brings out the emotion of a scene or in a song.

David releases his own music on UK-based Here and Now Recordings.

Album Credits
Releases November 17, 2023

Written recorded and produced by David Baron

Album cover designed by Dina Pearlman-Ifil derived from an old ARP 2500 brochure originally designed by Margaret Shepherd in 1970 for Tonus, Inc / ARP Instruments.
Photograph courtesy of the Alan R Pearlman Foundation

About the Alan R Pearlman Foundation
The ARP Archives & The Alan R. Pearlman Foundation is a small, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our mission is to celebrate the legacy of inventor, musician, entrepreneur and engineer Alan R. Pearlman, by making his innovative inventions publicly accessible, and by inspiring future generations to imagine and create.


Friday, September 01, 2023


Press release follows:

The ARP Foundation Strengthens its Mission

Kingston, NY, AUGUST 31, 2023– The Alan R. Pearlman Foundation has welcomed three new appointees to its Board of Directors: Chris Meyer, Collin Russell, and Andrew Schlesinger.

Chris Meyer
As a teenager in the 70s, Chris Meyer took lessons on piano, bass, and modular synthesizers. He went on to write code and help design products for Sequential Circuits, Digidesign, Tom Oberheim, and Roland R&D where he was chief engineer. He is perhaps best known as the creator of Vector Synthesis. >

Chris also taught synthesis at UCLA Extension, wrote numerous articles for Music Technology Magazine plus a column for Keyboard Magazine, and was technical chairman of the MIDI Manufacturers Association where he authored several additions to the spec including MIDI Time Code.

After a two-decade detour in the video and film industry, he recently returned to modular synthesis, creating videos, courses, and articles under the name Learning Modular, and co-authored the popular book Patch & Tweak. Proving that one who teaches can also “do”, most recently he has been focusing on composing and performing sweeping, emotional electronic music under the name Alias Zone which combines synthesizers, samplers, field recordings, and percussion instruments.

Collin Russell

Collin Russell is a composer, sound designer, and educator specializing in modular synthesis and through-composed electronic music. In addition to creating sound libraries and scoring music for films, Collin releases his own personal music in genres ranging from ambient to harsh noise. His process is rooted in the melding of traditional harmonic and rhythmic structures with organic modulations, bridging the gap between familiar and explorative sound.

Synth Gems 1 and Inspire the Music – 50 Years of Roland History.

Andrew Schlesinger

Drew Schlesinger is a renowned professional sound designer who has been involved in creating patches for synthesizers, effects and software products beginning with the Casio CZ-101 in 1984. He’s developed internal presets for over two hundred devices from thirty different manufacturers including Roland, Korg, EMU, Kurzweil, Alesis, Sony, Yamaha, Eventide, Lexicon and Sound Toys among many others.

He's recognized as one of the most prolific and accomplished sound programmers in the MI industry and has created seminal sounds and effects that include “Crystal Echoes” (Shimmer), the “Black Hole” reverb for Eventide and “Prophetic Steps” for Korg’s Prophecy synthesizer.

Drew was recently presented with the Golden Knob Lifetime Achievement Award at the Knobcon 2022 for his work in synth sound design and the contributions to the electronic music community. He’s also included in NAMM’s Oral History Series and is a frequent podcast guest.


"We’re very excited to welcome these talented professionals into our Board of Directors," said Dina Alcalay Pearlman-Ifil, founder and Executive Director of the ARP Foundation and daughter of Alan R. Pearlman. "These three new Directors are well-recognized in their fields and we’re looking forward to their contributions bringing the Foundation’s efforts to the next level.”

The ARP Foundation continues its work with contributors, collaborators, vendors, manufacturers, venues, and synthesizer owners to provide music students with access to vintage ARP synthesizers to explore the endless possibilities of electronic music. The Foundation relies on donors to continue its mission, and encourages everyone who understands the importance of music education to visit to learn more and pledge their support.

Wednesday, June 07, 2023

1970's ARP Demo featuring Tom Piggott & Conversations with Tom Piggott & Greg Phillinganes

video upload by Alan R. Pearlman Foundation

"PLEASE NOTE: The beginning of the video is glitchy... both the sound and video will resolve at between 1:30 and 2:07.

Originally aired on WOVB-TV, in association with The Ohio University Telecommunications Center, this is one of several UMATIC demo tapes found in a box when d'ARP (Dina Pearlman-Ifil, Alan Pearlman's daughter) was going through her father's effects.

Tom Piggott was one of several educators that worked at ARP Instruments in the 1970s. He worked closely with Al, helping write the classic: 'Learning Music with Synthesizers' David Friend, Alan R. Pearlman, Thomas D. Piggott)."

A Conversation with Tom Piggott

"d'ARP had several conversations with Tom over the past few years. This interview highlights some recent footage.

Tom Piggott has been a product specialist and clinician for numerous companies, including ARP, CRUMAR, SYNERGY and more, and worked with Peter Nero, Stevie Wonder, Nyle Steiner, Linda McCartney, Vangellis, John Entwhistle, Klaus Schulze,T Lavitz, Wendy Carlos, Dr. Richard Boulanger, Mike Bergeman, Donald Fagan, Edgar Winter, Tom Coster, Jimmy Page, Roger Powell, Jerry Kovarski, and many others.

Tom Piggott was one of several educators that worked at ARP Instruments in the 1970s. He worked closely with Al, helping write the classic: 'Learning Music with Synthesizers' David Friend, Alan R. Pearlman, Thomas D. Piggott)."

A Conversation with Greg Phillinganes

"D'ARP has a conversation about ARP Synthesizers with Greg Phillinganes, who has recorded or toured with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, George Harrison, the Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Anita Baker, George Benson, Karen Carpenter, Eric Clapton, Donald Fagen, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Michael Jackson, Richard Marx, Paul McCartney, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones, and Stevie Nicks (whew!)!"

Alan R Pearlman's Birthday Celebration!

video upload by Alan R. Pearlman Foundation

"Celebrate Alan R Pearlman's Birthday!
New Merchandise in Store
New Lost ARP Tape
Exclusive video interviews
Our Five Dollar Challenge

Consider a small monthly donation. Many of us are feeling economic pressure these days. A monthly pledge of as little as $5 dollars a month would enable us to not only maintain our ARPs for ALL instruments, but also pay for digitizing Alan Pearlman’s archives, remastering the Lost ARP Tapes and launching our Artist-in-Residency program."

Tuesday, April 04, 2023

A Conversation with Lisa Bella Donna and d'ARP Watchparty!

video upload by Alan R. Pearlman Foundation

"Join us for a YouTube watch party to celebrate the new release Systers of Synth / Medusa from Lisa Bella Donna with Dina Pearlman-Ifil. Recorded in the summer of 2022, in Lisa's remote Appalichian studio, this full-length album showcases Lisa's talents using multiple ARP synthesizers and featuring d'ARP on two pieces.

This interview discusses all aspects of synthesis, pairing ARPs with Moogs, the influence of these instruments on modern music, celebrates the process and joy of collaboration, influences of our elders and how these instruments are as vital today as the day they were first made!

For those attending the watch party on Tuesday, if you make a donation during the Pemiere, your name will be put into a drawing. Two prizes will be given, a CD download and a poster, printed on fine art paper using the Giclee method.

Stick around after the show for a chance to ask Lisa and Dina questions.

Purchase CD on BandCamp: https://alanrpearlmanfoundation.bandc..."

Wednesday, March 08, 2023


March 8, 2023, Kingston, New York In conjunction with International Women's Day March 8, 2023, we are happy to announce a new music release featuring all-new works by Lisa Bella Donna (multi-instrumentalist and Sorceress of Synthesis) with Alan's daughter Dina Pearlman-Ifil (keyboardist and bassist.) All proceeds to benefit the Alan R Pearlman Foundation

Systers in Synths / Medusa was recorded in Lisa's Appalachian Mountain studio over the weekend of July 29-30th, 2022. This full-length album features one composition by Lisa Bella Donna, and two collaborations between Lisa and Dina. The instruments used in recording and production are almost entirely ARP vintage or ARP inspired instruments and reissues including the ARP 2600 (original and Korg), ARP String Ensemble, ARP Odyssey, Antonus Step Brother, Moog Sequencers, ARP Omni, and a Multimode filter by Lower West Side Studio.

To purchase, go to the Foundation’s BandCamp Page (all proceeds go to the Alan R. Pearlman Foundation)

For more information about the Foundation, visit


Thursday, February 09, 2023

A Conversation with Herbie Hancock

video upload by

"On October 18th of 2022, Herbie Hancock sat down with d'ARP (Dina Pearlman-Ifil, daughter of Alan R Pearlman, the creator of ARP Synthesizers) and gracefully shared his time with her to discuss a myriad of subjects: from his early years of Crossings (Mwandishi Sextet) to the Head Hunters album, to sound tracks; from Civil Rights to Covid, to the state of the planet and the future generations of music. A wonderful glimpse of a creative giant who got his start in electronic music using ARP Synthesizers.


For those attending the watch party on Thursday, if you make a donation during the premiere, your name will be put in a drawing for a Software download!!!"

Haasan Barclay demos the ARPs at ARPs for All!

video upload by Alan R. Pearlman Foundation

"Haasan Barclay (@HaasanBarclay) for ARPs for All! Check out ARPs for All on the Alan R Pearlman website and learn more about this project that brings rare, vintage ARPs into the hands of composers, performers and designers at Boston's own TRC (The Record Co)"

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

The Alan R Pearlman Foundation 2022 End-of-year recap!

video upload by

"Take a look at what we've been doing this past year! From our special Fiftieth anniversary of the ARP Odyssey celebration to acquiring not one, but TWO vintage ARP Odysseys for ARPs for All and a 16-Voice Piano. We've interviewed Odyssey users from Herbie Hancock to Billy Currie, and were hosted from the UK to LA.

We've also created started some new relationships with SynthCube, SynthPlex, The Museum of Making Music, Beats by Girlz and the New England Synthesizer Festival, visited GForce in England and many friends in Los Angeles.

Next year we are finishing the first round of archiving, and focusing on fundraising for our first Artist-in-Residency and acquisitions of instruments for the ARPs for All collection.

Soundtracik used with permission and composed by James Martin
Spiritual Beings by Golden Temples (
performed, composed, arranged, mixed and mastered by James Martin
Art direction and graphics: James Martin"

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Happy Holidays From The R. Pearlman Foundation

video upload by Alan R. Pearlman Foundation

"from A Christmas Yet to Come by Joseph Byrd
Orchestrated and performed on an ARP 2600 with an Oberheim Expander Module, a Graphic Equalizer, a Lamb 420 Mixer, and recorded on Sony 850-4 and 850-2 tape recorders © 1975 Takoma Records

Cover Art Stephani Pyron"

via The R. Pearlman Foundation "The Alan R. Pearlman Foundation wishes you and yours a very happy and safe holiday season!"

Thursday, December 08, 2022

The Story of a Blue Meanie -- um, Marvin

video upload by Alan R. Pearlman Foundation

"The Story of how a Blue Marvin was rescued. by an unsuspecting guitarist in New Jersey and ended up with a new life in California. Demonstrations, details of the restoration, lore of the famous and rare instrument and more. With Ryan Hawkins and Dina Pearlman-Ifil."

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Nick Carlisle ARPchives LIVE!

video upload by

"'Häxan - A Soundtrack', the first solo album from Nick Carlisle (Peepholes / Bamboo / Katy and Nick / Lean Logic) is released midnight 25.11.22. The album contains highlights of a 1hr 45min score Nick was commissioned to write for the 100th anniversary edition of Häxan (dir. Benjamin Christensen) by QFT Belfast, part of the UK-Wide BFI In Dreams Are Monsters season of horror films. Nick is set to perform the complete score at a live screening of Häxan at Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast on the 24th November, tickets on sale from

Nick wrote, performed & produced the album mainly on an array of old analogue synths and a Mellotron. Sarah Rosamond (Ghostlore of Britain) guests on the album, playing harp and adding vocals to 'The Scourge'. 'Maria The Weaver' was co-written with Katy Cotterell ( of Nick’s project "Katy And Nick").

Nick: 'The film is an essay on the history of witchcraft and is set mostly in 15th Century Northern Europe so the music (very!) loosely reflects that. I bought a Sami drum and some bells, and I multitracked myself playing some out of tune flute. However the last chapter of the film is set in the contemporaneous 1920s where Christensen compares how women are treated, for better or worse, for ‘hysteria’ via psychoanalysis, when 500 years before they would have been accused of and tortured for being a witch. The last two tracks on the album, “The Sleepwalker” & "The Thieving Daughter” therefore are set apart as they belong to that more ‘present’ section of the film, and they’re piano based as opposed to vaguely medieval sounding. Anyway there is no real comfort from the present as even now 100 yrs after the 1920s we’re as knee deep in idiotic conspiracies as ever.'"

Friday, November 04, 2022

Lost ARP Tapes Channel 5, 1974

video upload by Alan R. Pearlman Foundation

"A rare glimpse of Alan R Pearlman in the ARP Instruments plant in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, June 9, 1074. With David Friend, and images of the ARP production team making the legendary synthesizers!"

Alan R. Pearlman Foundation A Conversation with David Baron

video upload by Alan R. Pearlman Foundation

"David Baron is an internationally recognized composer, producer, and engineer. Recently David co-produced, arranged, and mixed, the Mercury award nominated record 'The Bride' for Bat for Lashes, performed on the Lumineers “Cleopatra” (#1 Billboard Record), produced and co-wrote “Ninth” for Peter Murphy, Produced and co-wrote “The Stranger” for Simone Felice, was one of the two musicians on Meghan Trainor’s 'All About That Bass' (#1 Billboard Song, 1.5+ billion views on youtube and 10+ million sales, nominated for Grammy “Song of the Year”). David has had a broad range of past musical experiences from arranging and conducting strings for Shawn Mendes’ “Illuminate Deluxe” (number one album in 65+ countries), to recording for Lenny Kravitz, Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz etc."

Alan R. Pearlman Foundation Tom Piggott Lost ARP Tapes

video upload by Alan R. Pearlman Foundation

"After finding a box of Umatic Tapes, d'ARP set out to restore what turned into a treasure trove of vintage footage from television stations as well as workshops given at various colleges and universities demonstrating the ARP synthesizers when they were brand new.

This video features ARPostle Tom Piggott, demonstrating the ARP 2600 and ARP Odysssey.

Tom Piggott is an educator, musician and co-author of several books."

Alan R. Pearlman Foundation Interview with Billy Currie

video upload by Alan R. Pearlman Foundation

"Join d'ARP as she interviews Billy Currie, multi-instrumentalist and keyboard/string player for Ultravox about the early days of using ARP Odysseys."

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