31.5.16

I Am The Edison Phonograph (Advertising Record)





This somewhat unnerving recording would have been heard at most Edison phonograph dealers in the early part of the twentieth century — creating, as it were, a talking machine which advertised itself.




16.5.16

Isao Tomita Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo 2014 Lecture


In electronic music, it's hard to exaggerate the importance of Isao Tomita's work. Born in Japan in the 1930s, Tomita imagined other worlds – seemingly outwith his own, human reach – and so used his music to explore the unknown. In the 1960s, he pioneered the use of the Moog synthesizer to not just create note-for-note facsimiles of "real" music, but to re-figure electronic compositions as soundscapes; creating daring new sounds that would become highly influential for science fiction cinema soundtracks, modern synth pop, and much more. Synth nerds, movie fans and music producers alike can all take inspiration from his work, and words.

Isao Tomita (冨田 勲 Tomita Isao, 22 April 1932 – 5 May 2016)