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Sunday, September 03, 2023

Stevie Wonder and the Yamaha GX-1 at Madame Tussaud's Rock Circus London

video upload by Preview London

"Madame Tussaud's Rock Circus (August 1989 – September 2001), was a walk-through exhibition celebrating the history of rock and pop music, featuring its major figures recreated in wax."

Update: video added. Stevie with the GX-1 comes in at 1:34.

This one is in via swissdoc

The following is a cut and paste from the text in the image. Not sure how well the text parsing is. Below is the text Google translated.

"Rock 'n' Roll war nun DIE Musik des westlichen Kultur und verkaufte nicht nur sich selbst, sondern auch alle möglichen anderen Produktel Einige der größten Geldsummen in den 'Cola Kriegen alkoholfreier Getränke gingen an Madonna, George Michael und Michael Jackson, die an den gefilmten Werbekampagnen teilnahmen. Große Tourneen wurden von Herstellern von Bier, Sportkleidung und Jeans finanziert. Klassische Rocksongs aus den sechziger Jahren wie beispielsweise '1 Heard It Through The Grapevine', 'I Feel Free' und "When A Man Loves A Woman' wurden als Soundtracks für Fernsehreklamen benutzt.

1988 ergriff George Bush, der neue Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten, auf einer Party zu seinem Amtsantritt eine elektrische Gitarre und gab zusammen mit einer Rock 'n' Roll Band eine Bühnenvorstellung. 1989 nahm ein russisches Astronautenteam auf seiner Reise in das Weltall Bander mit Pink Floyd Musik mit. Wie es schon in dem alten Lied hieß: Rock 'n' Roll is here to stay!"


"Rock 'n' roll was now THE music of western culture and not only sold itself but all sorts of other products too Participated in advertising campaigns. Major tours were sponsored by manufacturers of beer, sportswear, and denim. Classic 1960s rock songs such as '1 Heard It Through The Grapevine', 'I Feel Free' and 'When A Man Loves A Woman' were used as soundtracks for television commercials.

In 1988, at an inauguration party, George Bush, the new President of the United States, grabbed an electric guitar and gave a stage performance along with a rock 'n' roll band. In 1989, a Russian astronaut team took bands with Pink Floyd music on their journey into space. As the old song said: Rock 'n' Roll is here to stay!"

Some info on Rock Circus via Wikipedia:

"Madame Tussaud's Rock Circus (August 1989 – September 2001), was a walk-through exhibition celebrating the history of rock and pop music, featuring its major figures recreated in wax. It was located at the top four floors of the then-newly refurbished London Pavilion building at Piccadilly Circus, London. Predominantly British artists featured, but many American artists were also included. The attraction told the story of rock and pop from the 1950s to the then-present day by using videos, music, narration and audio-animatronic figures."

And a list of GS1 owners via gearspace

GX-1 #5088 - SWE - Benny Andersson.

GX-1 #5080 - JPN - Private owner - Previously owned by committee members of a temple JPN.

GX-1 #5076 - ITA - Riccardo Grotto - Previously owned by John Paul Jones, Keith Emerson, Hans Zimmer et al.

GX-1 #5074 - ENG - Richard D James - Previously owned by Mickie Most.

GX-1 #5073 - ENG - Gordon Reid - Previously owned by Yamaha HQ AUS, private owner AUS.

GX-1 #5046 - ITA - Riccardo Grotto - Previously owned by Keith Emerson, painted black.

GX-1 #5041 - ENG - Pete Townshend - Previously owned by private owners AUS.

GX-1 #5040 - USA - Vintage Key Gear - Previously owned by Yamaha Dealers Association AUS, private owners AUS.

GX-1 #5023 - JPN - Private owner - Previously owned by private owner JPN.

GX-1 #5019 - USA - Merlin Entertainment (Madame Tussauds) - Previously owned by Rock Circus ENG.

GX-1 #50nn - JPN - Yamaha Corporation

Still waiting to hear from someone who knows the actual whereabouts of Stevie Wonders two GX-1s though...

You can find additional posts featuring the Yamaha GX1 here.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Art of Moog - 21st Century Hyper-Bach on Synthesizers

Published on Oct 18, 2017

1. Art of Moog - 21st Century Hyper-Bach on Synthesizers
A preview of the Art of Moog project, performing J S Bach live on synthesizers. The group's London debut takes place Saturday 14th April 2018, 9.15pm at King's Place, as part of the 2018 Bach Weekend
2. Art of Moog - 21st century Hyper-Bach - music only, no talking!
Music-only preview of the Art of Moog project, performing J S Bach live on synthesizers. The group's London debut takes place Saturday 14th April 2018, 9.15pm at King's Place, as part of the 2018 Bach Weekend. Catch a preview performance on 16th February 2018 at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, in the Birmingham International Recorder and Early Music Festival
3. Art of Moog in rehearsal - J S Bach Chorus from BWV8 with Akai EWI
Rehearsing for our Birmingham preview and London debut with guest artist Annabel Knight on Akai EWI. Other instruments: Moog, Prophet, Nord.
4. Bach Chorale prelude in F minor BWV 639 (as featured in Solaris) - synth performance by Art of Moog
Art of Moog in rehearsal at Birmingham Conservatoire, UK, playing J S Bach's Chorale prelude in F minor, BWV 639 - as featured in Tarkovsky's Solaris. More info at
5. Art of Moog, Bach on synthesizers - 2018 concerts
Art of Moog in rehearsal, and an introduction to their 2018 concerts, by group founder and director Robin Bigwood. Also featuring Steven Devine and Martin Perkins playing Moog, Nord and Prophet synthesizers, and Annabel Knight playing Akai EWI.
6. Art of Moog, Bach on synths, Birmingham Conservatoire preview concert highlights
A few excerpts from Art of Moog's preview performance at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 16th February 2018. Synths: Robin Bigwood, Steven Devine, Martin Perkins; EWI/Moog: Annabel Knight
7. Aria from J S Bach's Goldberg Variations, on the Moog modular synthesizer
Art of Moog in the studio with the mighty Moog System 55, making an old-school multitrack of the Goldberg Variations Aria. Recorder May 2018 at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK.

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Little Bit of Everything

Published on May 14, 2018 Robin Rimbaud-Scanner

"A little preview teaser for the forthcoming world premiere of A Little Bit of Everything (Scanner Scans Bedford), which will be performed live on 12 June 2018 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall London on the South Bank Centre. The show will feature live electronics on Scanner on Moog synths and laptop in collaboration with the BBC Concert Orchestra. More details below:

David Bedford’s work transcends genre and style, reaching audiences in dynamic and refreshing ways. In what would have been his 80th birthday, the orchestra dives into a concert of his music including Tubular Bells and Symphony No.1.

The orchestra also performs a world premiere by electronic musician Scanner, drawing out the majestic and exploratory nature of Bedford’s composition.

BBC Concert Orchestra
Michael Seal conductor
Steve Hillage guitar
Scanner electronics

David Bedford: Alleluia Timpanis for orchestra
Scanner: A Little Bit of Everything (World premiere)
David Bedford: Symphony No.1
Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells arr. David Bedford for orchestra"

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Mount Kimbie performing "Delta" Live on KCRW

Published on Jun 2, 2017 KCRW

Synth spotting with Mount Kimbie. Korg MS20 & Delta, DSI Tempest, and Yamaha Reface YC. Anyone ID what's below the YC at 4:35?

"Watch / Listen to the full session here:

With the release of their very first EP in 2009, London-based electronic duo Mount Kimbie announced their arrival as artists to watch. They preview their forthcoming Fall release with a live studio session."

Friday, September 16, 2016

Robert Henke and Lumiere II.2

This one in via 060171:

"Yesterday i was at Lumiere II.2 by Robert Henke in Utrecht the Netherlands. The performance was part of the International Computer Music Conference 2016.

By change we had seats next to Roberts desk and took this pic. (sorry Gregory Taylor from Cycling '74)
Rober (Monolake) controls four big lasers with the sound, these sounds are also the music. The laserlight projection is super vivid, a real spectacle, combined with multi channel audio.

Last year is saw version II in Amsterdam, where Robert also gave a lecture at STEIM about the technique. (Ableton and Max for live and the special lasers)

quality videos are at:"

Deep Web from Robert Henke on Vimeo.





Deep Web is a monumental immersive audiovisual installation and live performance created by light artist Christopher Bauder and composer and musician Robert Henke. Presented in enormous pitch dark indoor spaces, Deep Web plunges the audience into a ballet of iridescent kinetic light and surround sound. The work was presented as a preview at CTM 2016 Festival Berlin and will be followed by its original presentation at the Festival of Lights Lyon in December 2016.

The generative, luminous architectural structure weaves 175 motorized spheres and 12 high power laser systems into a 25 meter wide and 10 meter high super-structure, bringing to life a luminous analogy to the nodes and connections of digital networks. Moving up and down, and choreographed and synchronized to an original multi-channel musical score by Robert Henke, the spheres are illuminated by blasts of colourful laser beams resulting in three-dimensional sculptural light drawings and arrangements in cavernous darkness.

The installation brings together decades of separate research and experimentation by two artists with unique visions and passions for sound and light, and by innovative companies working in these fields. High-end laser system manufacturer LaserAnimation Sollinger provided the technical expertise and development for this very specific spatial laser setup. The high precision motor winch systems with real time feedback and the main control software are provided by Design Studio WHITEvoid in collaboration with Kinetic Lights. This novel combination of computer controlled kinetic elements and laser systems allows for setting animated end points to normally infinite laser beams. DEEP WEB uses light as a tangible material to construct threedimensional vector drawings in thin air.

The work was originally commissioned by the Festival of Lights Lyon 2015, and developed in cooperation with local producer Tetro. Due to the festival’s cancellation after the tragic events in Paris, Berliners had the unique chance to attend an exclusive preview before the project will be presented in December 2016 in Lyon for the Festival of Lights 2016.

The Artists:

Monday, February 01, 2016

Soulsby Synthesizers Releases the Odytron Special Edition

Soulsby Synths - Odytron Special Edition

Published on Feb 1, 2016 Soulsby Synthesizers

Also see the preview video here.

"London, UK - 01/02/16. Soulsby Synthesizers have released their much anticipated Odytron Special Edition today. The Odytron is a limited edition of their Atmegatron 8-bit MIDI synth module. It comes pre-loaded with the brand new Odytron software and factory presets, as well as having unique Odytron paintwork. Only 150 units have been manufactured.

The Odytron is £225 inc VAT (approx $339) and currently only available from their website. Shipping is available worldwide. Some retailers will be stocking it in the near future.

The Odytron software simulates the specification of a classic analogue synth but in an 8-bit environment. The result is a fascinating combination of analogue warmth and 8-bit grit. Features include: 2 independent oscillators (duophonic), 2 filter algorithms + bypass, 2 envelopes, LFO, ring mod, wave sync and numerous modulation methods.

Despite the sound being radically different to the original Atmegatron software, the Odytron is 100% Atmegatron compatible and comes bundled with 3 overlays and a programmer cable. This means that it is essentially 4 synths for the price of one. The overlays for the alternative synth engines are: Atmegatron (the classic software), Atmegadrum (drum machine) & Delayertron (delay effects synth).

Paul Soulsby, CEO of Soulsby Synthesizers: 'This software version has taken nearly a year to develop and has been a real labour of love. I was determined to see just how many classic analogue synth features could be crammed into the little Atmega micro-controller. I hope people enjoy this unique blend of synthesis.'

Existing Atmegatron owners can download the Odytron software from the website for free and can also purchase optional extras: vinyl overlay, programmer cable and instructions."

Friday, September 05, 2014

NOiZE - Digital Band Preview! - Royal Festival Hall Saturday Sept 6

Published on Sep 5, 2014 Amplify

"Here's a little preview of what we're going to be we're going to be showcasing at the Royal Festival Hall this Saturday (6th September!).

We're syncing three iPads together, all running different NOiZE instruments, to create a very futuristic 'Digital Band'.

Created for the The Beautiful Octopus Club, the largest multi-media club night in London, we wanted to make an experience that was accessible and sounded great! Any one can turn up and jam on our intuitive instruments - you don't need to be a musician!

Come down and play this Saturday! We're excited to hear what you make!

You can read more about The Beautiful Octopus Club Here:

Follow us on Twitter:
More about NOiZE:"

Monday, December 10, 2012

Audiobus for iOS Officially Released

Audiobus Introduction

Published on Dec 9, 2012 by AudiobusApp

"What are you going to do with Audiobus?

Available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, iOS 5 required

Music by Rheyne --"

Audiobus - A Tasty Pixel
iOS Devices on eBay - Don't miss the Daily Tech Deals

And the official press release:

Monday, April 26, 2010

Trevor Pinch's Vintage DIY Modular Synth

via Inverse Room, via Muff's:
"You guys will dig this.
Some of you probably know Trevor Pinch from his book Analog Days [Amazon hardcover & paperback, preview on Google books], about the history of the Moog synthesizer. Trevor's a friend of mine--we both teach at Cornell U.--and he recently restored his moribund DIY modular that he built in the seventies. Last night he and our friend James Spitznagel (together they are Electric Golem) played a show here in Ithaca, with Trevor on his synth and Jim using a Mopho, Evolver, Orb, Nintendo DS and various iPhone apps.

Oh BTW sorry these are not better photos. I should have brought a DSLR for this but I had a digital rangefinder camera with me that is not so hot at high ISO. Full set is here (for now):"

I contacted Trevor Pinch and he had the following to share:

"Hey Matrix:
I built that synth in London in 1973. I used it til 1975/6 in a collective band/scene in London and then in Manchester - we also had a VCS3 and various gizmos from EMS as one of our band knew Tristram Cary, one of the founders of EMS. By the way anyone interested in EMS should check out the half hour documentary Matt Bates made for Australian TV - 'What the Future Sounded Like'. I was a talking head for that movie. It's got tons of info in it and great clips of Hawkwind, music of early Floyd etc [below].

My synth was kinda in storage before being shipped to the States in 1990. It was smashed up badly in the move and I only started work on it again a few months ago when Park Doing here in Ithaca persuaded me to get it going to jam with Johnny Dowd, Richie Stearns, Brian Wilson, and others for a 'Requiem for Analog TV' show we did at Cornell. Since then I've played out with it a couple of times with Park's band, the Atomic Forces, and once with The Electric Golem with Jim Spitznagel.

The schematics come from the hobby magazine Wireless World August 1973. Tim Orr did the design (he was the same guy who designed the EMS Vocoder). I built it 1973. The Voltage Control filter is online [link]

VCO 1 has square, triangle, sine , and variable mark space (I think in the US they call it duty cycle - adjusting the width of the top of a square wave). It turns out the variable mark space is one of the most musically useful controls I know.

It has three frequency ranges from very low to way up there! There are two VCO inputs with 1 K pots to control the voltage in.

VCO 2 has square, triangle, sine, ramp, and pulse outputs. There are two VCO inputs with 1 K pots ditto.

VCO 3 is a six-step sequencer with an incredible frequency range, with each step selectable and tunable. This is the awesome guts of the beast. There are two VCO inputs with one K pots. You feed the sequencer output as an input into the VCO1 and VCO2 and away you go.

There are also the following modules:
2 voltage control amplifiers
2 exponential converters
A keyboard module for operating a resistor chain monophonic keyboard - I abandoned the keyboard as I could never get it in tune and it sounded better out of tune!
I voltage control filter - band pass or low pass output - band pass only is working
I mixer with three channels and two virtual earth mixers for summing and reversal with three channels each,
White noise source and blue and red noise (variable) outputs
Spring reverb.
Envelope shaper. Not yet working
Two preamps. Buggered.
2 very low frequency outputs. Not yet working.
Sample and hold - Never worked!
Joy stick control and circuits with two pots providing variable X and Y voltages.
The joystick is home built by using three pots (design based on the first one that David Cockerell made for VCS3) my killer control for live performance (think Brian Eno and the way he used the joystick on the VCS3 (Putney)). The joystick was beat up terribly in the move and was the hardest single thing to get working and nicely balanced. Read the story of how the pitch and mod wheel were designed for the minimoog in Analog Days! Having a controller that feels right when you play is for me half the battle.

There is an onboard power supply for 240 volts in and 15v plus and minus and 5 volts plus out. Useless in US! So got new power supply built.

The modules are mainly built on plug in breadboards made by a UK company called Electrokit. So when I blow out transistors - happens all the time - I can unplug for easy access. Also I like to leave it open so shaking the instrument shakes the modules and affects the sound and of course the reverb. Opening the black box is my aesthetic.

Housed in hand machined painted aluminium case (wise choice in hindsight as it is sturdy, light and didn't rust!)

Patch bay is banana plugs, wires and sockets (what we used to call banana plugs or Wonder plugs in the UK). US banana plugs are too big - anyone know where I can get the UK banana plugs from as I need more?

If anyone is interested in my early experiences in playing the synth, they are written up in a chapter in a book by Sherry Turkle, Evocative Objects - the reflection is online at a awesome exhibition, "Remix, Rewind and Replay" at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art which I was on a panel for.

By the way, that essay was written before I got the synth working again. In that essay I said the synth had no name. When I unearthed the old schematics to start soldering work I found I did give it a name, "Stray Capacitance". That's what the synth was like - full of capacitance.

The synth truly has a unique sound : the sonic energy is simply amazing. It can cut through like a chain saw on magic mushrooms - everything sort of feeds back on everything else in various unpredictable ways. Its like a live bucking beast to control. Park Doing says I shouldn't call it a synth and I agree. It's more a sometimes controllable sound and noise maker. John Robert Lennon (aka Inverse Room) on seeing and hearing it in action the other day - said how come it just doesn't explode. It's a miracle that it works at all! Its industrial sound is awesome in a punk band and when playing alongside someone with more varied and sweeter sounds (like Jim Spitznagel can produce) it can cut through and complement and attract attention. With the spring reverb it sends you into space. In the early days we also used to use huge tape loops as well.
That's it!


I'd like to give a huge thanks to Trevor Pinch for taking the time out to share this with us and of course Inverse Room for sending this our way.

YouTube via inverseroom — April 25, 2010 —

"Inverse Room interviews Trevor Pinch, author of "Analog Days" and other books about the history of technology, who demonstrates the DIY modular synth he built in the 1970's.

The thing I find really cool about this design is the step sequencer that can be run at high enough speeds to create, in effect, a new oscillator with primitive custom waveforms. And of course there's the total lack of sides to the case--gotta love that, too!"

Monday, March 27, 2006

Argiriadis Analogue Electronics

Title takes you the Argiriadis Analogue Electronics website. There is a link to this video on YouTube on vacuum tubes. It's an amazing video in which Theo Argiriadis goes into detail on the desing and characterstics of the sound. Synth content in the video includes some rhythms and sequences running through the vacuum tube. Great video. Found this one on Digital Music Mag.

Notes on the video:
"Theo's an electronics engineer, working in North London and specialising in valves (vacuum tubes). He makes and modifies quality hi-fi, and unique, stunning audio processors. His workshop's amazing too, so after he built me the most detailed distortion box I've ever seen, I asked if I could make a film about him and his work. Contact Theo through, or me at"

Update via the comments:
"Hey, thanks for featuring the film! And for using that primo still as the preview... the pale box with the red controls at top right is my distort unit, which is how I got to know Theo.

If any UK MatrixSynth readers are seriously into their valves, and want a totally different and valuable experience buying a piece of beautiful equipment, do have a think about Theo - he says he's not an artist, but there's some deep Macedonian voodoo mixed up with his science!"

Thank you! That truly was an awesome video.

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