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    Exotic Moog - Martin Denny
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    I saw the world premier of Compassion when TR played a benefit with the Tubes at Bimbos in SF in late 1980. It was just a month or two before this show that Rundgren had been robbed in his home, tied up by the robbers as they picked over his stuff, humming "I Saw The Light." I've always thought that the Healing album was created as a salve for the wounds suffered during this incident. If it had been me going through all this, I'm sure I would have created an album to help sooth the pain...
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    Charles Rice Goff III Biography III
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    Critter & Guitari Kaleidoloop Portable Sound Collector
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    Synthcore 2 is one of the most powerful analog emulation synthesizers ever made, based on features from the OSCAR and Waldorf Q (which, as you may know, were discontinued because they were too expensive to build in hardware). The audio path in Synthcore is entirely coded in gen~ codebox, which has never been done before. It took >6 months to code the >60 morphing oscillator waveforms with antialiasing and display, custom dual SVF filter with continuous modulation in 5 dimensions, multistage envelopes, multimode LFOs, modulation matrix with 60 sources and 135 destinations, toggle-mode keyboard, glide/glissando with unique glissando pattern generator, and 190-parameter MIDI I/O . The monophonic version is now available for free download in Windows 32/64, Mac OS X, and open-source Cycling'74 Max 7 code. Download it now at http://www.yofiel.com/software/mac-and-pc-apps/249-synthcore-2
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    Phoenix Rising LP - Rovo and System 7
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    A bit of midnight noodling with the 0-Coast and KP3. They compliment each nicely for effects, loops, tempo control, and you can use the pad motion for MIDI B modulation.
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    YouTube channel, Christian's Sonic Spaces has been working on this project he calls the "Best Ambient Synth Shootout". What his project does is compare various synthesizers by playing ambient soundscapes with different synthesizer and effects configuratio
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    Wolf's Hole - mutanT.R.I.
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    Rubycon - Tangerine Dream
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    KOMA Elektronik Field Kit
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    Concrete Expanse - Mystified
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    Kilpatrick Audio - PHENOL - Patchable Analog Synthesizer
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    Picture Music - Klaus Schulze
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    What would music from mars sound like? With no stores, or places to buy insturments. The only choice is what you have already, to make new ones. Composer, Andrew Lockington decided to work with this problem on the soundtrack for THE SPACE BETWEEN US, the
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    Finally, the initial prototype of the Atmultitron is on demonstration. It is a 6 voice polyphonic 8-bit synthesizer with 3 octave keyboard. The final specification will feature Eurorack connectivity and wavetable sampling from the Oscitron, along with sequencing and versatile modulation routing. The Atmultitron is aimed to be released in mid-2018. Thanks to Perfect Circuit we have an image of the full keyboard:
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    fade - metlay!
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    It's hard to believe that psychedelic space rockers the Ozric Tentacles are now thirty years and twenty studio discs (if you count those first six cassette releases) into their career! By the time of their terrific 1999 Album `Waterfall Cities', the band had begun evolving further than ever before in an electronic-driven direction, and it was a move that would affect their sound to this very day. But although the last few albums have hardly been poor (there seems to be some opinion that `The Hidden Step' from 2000 was their last truly great moment), there was a sense of repetition sinking into their music, perhaps even signs of a band just going through the motions a little, even though each album still had plenty of stand-out tracks throughout. But it's a welcome surprise to find that `Technicians of the Sacred' is their best release in many years, and this bold, confident and creatively inspired two disc musical statement has all the acoustic, electric, ethnic, world, ambient and psychedelic flavours expected of the band, as well as wholly embracing modern styles such as Goa and psy-trance to concoct a fascinating mix as always! The title suggests that these two discs reflect the coming together of the technological modern and future age with the ancient, spiritual and meditative ways of old. Much of the first disc moves these cyber hippies the closest they've come to more purely electronic journeys, and there's definitely less histrionic guitar wailing than any other Ozrics album. Unsurprisingly, their soundworlds are constantly upbeat, spiritually blissful and still just a little schizophrenic! As most Ozrics pieces end in a completely different place from where they begin, it's best to simply look at some standout moments instead of entire tracks. `The High Pass' is a pretty reliable Ozric opener that sounds exactly like you'd expect them to, all synth trickles and bubbling effects, pulsing beats and delirious electric guitar meltdowns. Tribal chants float around ripples of synths, a joyous trilling loop and slow-burning guitar in `Butterfly Garden', and `For Memory' holds blissful chiming guitar ruminations and gurgling beats. `Changala Masala' is a deep electronic psychedelic trance and world music race with slinking programmed bass and frantic guitar bursts (dig the manic throwback to their earlier track `Kick Muck' ever so briefly too!), after an almost oriental themed intro `Zingbong' morphs into one of those loopy reggae diversions that the band do so well, and `Switchback' delivers cascading and joyful synth melodies that could also get you dancing in between subtle moments of long ambient low-key stretches, and they even almost flirt with a kitschy J-Pop style in the opening! Guitar is more prominent throughout the second disc, and in some ways represents the earlier era of the band more frequently. `Epiphiloy' harkens back to the dusty mystery and eastern bazaars of `Saucers' off `Strangeitude' where hypnotic acoustic guitar intertwines with gnarling synths, gongs, hand percussion, chimes and some biting heavier electric guitars to emerge as something of a modern classic from the Ozrics, and if the band can play it in a concert setting, it's sure to become a live favourite for many fans! Dream-like synth ambience glides through `The Unusual Village' with cutting little electric guitar spikes, and your mind grinds to halt with the lethargic and distorted groaning synths dropping mud-thick grooves on `Smiling Potion'. `Rubbing Shoulders with the Absolute' (now there's a title that electronic ambient musician Steve Roach likely wished he'd got to first!) has some lovely sedate and reflective moments due to glistening electric piano fingertips and washing Alpha Wave Movement-like synth caresses, and album closer `Zenlike Creatures' combines ethereal synth waves full of wonder and equally soaring and chilled guitars. Even in the few less interesting moments, the album still sounds like addictive sonic ear candy all the way, and while it may not always hold their strongest or most memorable tunes, it's been a while since Ed Wynne and company have sounded not only so focused and determined to impress, but wanting to prove that they still have plenty of worthwhile music to offer and are more inspired than ever. `Technicians of the Sacred' is the Ozrics at their most vibrant, colourful and downright cool for some time, and it's great to have them back and finding their tentacled muse again! Four stars - and bombard your senses by playing it louder for the best results! Who knows, it might even have you thinking it's one of the best and most addictive albums of the prog year! (This review first appeared on the Prog Archives site on 23rd November 2015)