Jan 17, 2011

History : Early Sound Design - Suzanne Ciani, Sexy voice, Sexy Sound

 Thx to Matt Subjex for this

At Wellesley as an undergraduate, Suzanne went on a field trip to MIT. There she was introduced to a professor who was attempting to make his computer re-create the sound of a violin. Thus began Suzanne's 25 year Odyssey with the art of electronic music. She was there in its nascence and instrumental in its growth and ascendancy. As a graduate student in Music Composition at Cal Berkeley in the late 60s, Suzanne began working with the pioneers of electronic music.

Final result on the Bally Xenon pinball machin. Raowww

She had her roots in both digital and analog synthesis from the beginning. She studied at Stanford with Max Matthews, and John Chowning, the father of digital frequency modulation. But what most changed her life was meeting one of the earliest designers of analog music instruments, Don Buchla, whose apprentice she became, working on the assembly line at his Oakland shipyard loft. She was to devote the next ten years of her life to exploring the possibilities of this unique instrument, the Buchla, and her mastery of it would launch her career, which is not really my type of music. I prefer pinball freaky sounds personnaly, but im not here to judge. ;)

Here is the Buchla thing & buchla sound (click)

You can anyway check her website for more

Jan 10, 2011

Sound design: Steve Reich - Different Trains

This late-'80s work finds the minimalist composer mixing acoustic and taped material to great effect. The disc's centerpiece is "Different Trains", a work that frames Steve Reich's impressions of his boyhood train trips between his mother in Los Angeles and his father in New York; Reich also intersperses references to the much more harrowing train rides Jews were forced to take to Nazi concentration camps. Using the fine playing of the Kronos Quartet as a base, Reich layers the work with the taped train musings of his governess, a retired Pullman porter, and various Holocaust survivors -- vintage train sounds from the '30s and '40s add to the riveting arrangement. And for some nice contrast, Reich recruits guitarist Pat Metheny to create a similarly momentous piece in "Electric Counterpoint" (Metheny plays live over a multi-tracked tape of ten guitars and two electric basses). Two fine works by Reich in his prime.

Jan 9, 2011

The man i want for dinner: Marc Ribot, Intense

(and of course John Zorn, Fred Frith, Trevor Dunn, Joey Baron, etcetera)

I guess it could be seen as something like jazzu rock jewisho propsyche s*** but for me, still an amazing hippo impro from Marc Ribot, from quiet to the max.
All orchestred by John Zorn for the so famous Masada project, I like to see how some musicians know each other enough, after playing altogether years after years, to built something on impro, and to listen to each other as they do.

Tzadic Records History

At the Mountain of Madness: Live in Europe

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