The mixtape that introduced America to Daft Punk, an early film of Bob Moog demoing a theremin and LEGO Minimoogs.
Pixelord and Alexandre Louvenaz’s “Rescue Cyber Party.” Russian producer Pixelord has collaborated with French animator Alexandre Louvenaz to create a video that “follows an elite squad of partiers on a mission to go save a cyber party from the threat of boredom and normality.” Their process was unique in that each artist responded to the work of the other, developing each aspect in tandem. Watch above, and find out more here.
An Early Film of Bob Moog Demoing a Theremin. ExperimentalSynth has posted a newly rediscovered film from 1991 showing synth pioneer Bob Moog demonstrating the theremin at a presentation called New Vistas 91, which looked at then cutting-edge happenings in avant-garde electronic music. The video is said to be the best recording of Moog playing a theremin currently known. Watch above.
Abbey Road Studios Launches Abbey Road Red Incubator Program for Music Tech Startups. Abbey Road is now accepting applications for the March 2016 intake to their new music tech incubation program Red, which is uniquely designed to support promising entrepreneurs, researchers and developers, with industry leading expertise and facilities, and collaboration with the brightest minds of academic research. Find out more here.
Native Instruments Release Komplete Kontrol 1.5 Update. Native Instruments have released their new Komplete Kontrol 1.5 software update, which adds new Native Kontrol Standard integration and third-party VST support, plus a new S88 keyboard with hammer-action keys. They’re also offering 50% off the NKS-ready Arturia V-Collection, exclusively at the NI web shop, here.
Proposal to Create a LEGO Minimoog Set. A proposal to create a Minimoog-themed set of blocks has been submitted to LEGO Ideas. The Model D and the Voyager Old School would both be represented in a small display set that would look great on the shelf of any synth geek, electronics buff or general music lover. The proposal currently has 300 supporters, and needs 10,000 to be considered for production by LEGO. Support the project and find out more here.
Regaining Artistic Agency Online with Saga. Digital artist Mat Dryhurst‘s Saga project aims to change how artists display their work online. In order to regain agency over the way their creative content is shared, the platform allows an artist to self-host their work, track its use, and manipulate its appearance in each place where their work is embedded. Those who share the work assume the risk when they choose to show it using the Saga framework. Check it out here.
A Hardcore Roland TB-303 Replica. Din Sync has announced a new project to create a DIY replica of the beloved Roland TB-303. Rather than adapting original TB-303 circuits for efficient modern production and widely available parts, the RE-303 Bassline Synthesizer is designed to replicate the original accurately enough that you should be able to use the new boards as replacements for the originals. M0re info here, watch an introduction video above.
Battles release downloadable collection of Moog drone samples. At Hopscotch Design Festival 2015, Moog Music collaborated with the American experimental rock group Battles to present a special interactive synth-building workshop and ambient drone performance before their set. A downloadable collection of Moog drone samples has resulted, and is available for download here.
The Mixtape That Introduced America to Daft Punk. According to the author of an oral history of Daft Punk‘s first ever US show, the French duo were first discovered by the Midwest rave scene thanks to New School Fusion, Vol. 2 – a mixtape from Chicago house master Terry Mullan. The tape closes with ‘Da Funk’, and was released before Daft Punk’s booking in rural Wisconsin in 1995. Stream the the mix above, and read the full story here.