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  1. Acousmatique Recordings presents the "Pierre Schaeffer Birthday Compilation" project. We are asking artists to share their new or previously composed dedication to the French composer, writer, broadcaster, engineer, musicologist and acoustician. This project is open to all ideas. Interpretations, dedications, inspirations, and whatever you want to do that is some how musique concrète related.

    Everyone is welcome to participate. The is deadline to submit your track is August 13, 2019. One track per artist please, except for collaborations. The track should be original and cannot contain any Copyrighted material not owned by the artist. All tracks will be published under the artist's own Copyright.

    Files must be submitted in AIFF, FLACT, or WAV file format not to exceed 300 MB. Please, email your unpublished track along with the artist name, track title, artist site URL, country, and file download URL (no attachments) to s4grecs@gmail.com

    The "Pierre Schaeffer Birthday Compilation" album will be released on Pierre Schaeffer's birthday Monday August 14, 2019.

    About Pierre Schaeffer

    Pierre Henri Marie Schaeffer (August 14, 1910 – August, 19 1995) was a French composer, writer, broadcaster, engineer, musicologist and acoustician. His innovative work in both the sciences—particularly communications and acoustics—and the various arts of music, literature and radio presentation after the end of World War II, as well as his anti-nuclear activism and cultural criticism garnered him widespread recognition in his lifetime.

    Amongst the vast range of works and projects he undertook, Schaeffer is most widely and currently recognized for his accomplishments in electronic and experimental music, at the core of which stands his role as the chief developer of a unique and early form of avant-garde music known as musique concrète. The genre emerged in Europe from the utilization of new music technology developed in the post-war era, following the advance of electroacoustic and acousmatic music.

    Read more about Pierre Schaeffer here:


  2. This list started from a discussion on social media. I thought it would be good to revisit the topic to create a detailed list of micro mixers here that can be maintained for reference purposes. The list covers micro mixers that are small as possible for portable and mobile applications. Please feel free to post other options we missed in the topic below.

    Company Product 1/4" M 1/4" S 3.5 M 3.5 S XLR USB BT 1/4" M 1/4" S 3.5 M 3.5 S XLR USB Battery DC Adapter USB Price
    ART PowerMix III 6             2 2           12V   $90
    ART SPLITMix4 8             2                 $50
    Bastl Dude     5             1       4xAA 9-12V   $89
    Behringer MX400 4             1           9V 9V   $25
    KV Gear Vixen     6 2       2             9V   $249
    Maker Hart Just 5       5     2                 Yes $95
    Maker Hart Just Mixer       3             1     2xAA 9V   $50
    Maker Hart Loop Mixer       5             3       9V   $95
    McMillein K-Mix 6       6     8         1     Yes $579
    Nady Audio MM-242 8             2           9V 9V   $29
    NRK K2000       4             2     Lithium   Yes $32
    Radial Key-Largo 6         2   2       2 2   15V   $379
    Roland GO 4     2   2         1         Yes $99
    Rolls MX41B   4   4         1   1           $60
    Rolls MX44S   4   4         1   1       12V   $80
    Rolls MX28 6             2 1   1       9V   $70
    Zoom L-12 12       8     6 2     2 12   12V   $599
    Zoom R16 8       8     2 1       8 6xAA 9V Yes $350


















  3. 11 Songs Performed Live by electric rock pioneer Gary Numan. Features: Cars - ME Disconnect From You - M.E. - We Are So Fragile - Every Day I Die - Conversations - Remember I was Vapour - On Broadway - Down in the Park - My Shadow In Vain - Are Friends Electric - Tracks - The Touring Principle 1979 was shoe on Gary Numan's highly successful European tour, shortly after his singles Are Friends Electric and Cars both included here, had made him a major international star. This tour featured spectacular stage and dramatic light effects and is augmented here with a variety of video generated images which supplement the themes of his music.

    Recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon on 28 September 1979. This concert was originally released as the first ever music video-cassette and that original film, featuring the 'special effects' of the time, has been included in this DVD as a bonus feature along with an exclusive Numan interview about the 1979 tour. However, the main feature on this DVD is taken from the original master before any 'effects' were added. Digitally remastered along with the audio, this represents the definitive document of Gary Numan's visionary show.

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  4. Brian Eno first starred as the feather-crested electronic keyboard genius of Roxy Music forty years ago. Since then he has been hailed as a pioneer, with his revolutionary experiments in ambient music and audio visual art and as featured producer on benchmark albums by David Bowie, Talking Heads, U2 and Coldplay.

    Eno has given Arena unprecedented access to observe him working in his studio and talking with friends and colleagues. The master of reinvention engages with fellow influential minds, including Richard Dawkins, Malcolm Gladwell, David Whittaker and Steve Lillywhite, in a series of conversations on science, art, systems analysis, producing and cybernetics.

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  5. Thanks and ARGH! The same thing happened to me. I entrusted my tapes to a friend when I moved to California. They got rid of the tapes without telling me. :fire: Fortunately, I had copied all the masters to DAT tapes. :ninja:

    And yeah, I am running into problems finding stuff too and I don't have 300 albums worth of stuff. Do you have any method for organizing physical stuff? I am not sure if I should get boxes, cabinets or wallets to store all the hard copies. I won't rely on Hard-drives any more after losing a 3TB back-up drive recently. One I didn't have 2nd back up for. :emo:

    I didn't think about stuff being published online as a form of back-up. That's a REALLY good point! At least there is that.


  6. What to do with decades worth of music is starting to become a real problem. Just the organizing is more complicated than I thought it would be. Its made me rethink how much I want to preserve. For analog tape, I just kept my masters. Does it really make sense to save DAW multi-track files too? And then where do you put all that stuff? I now have Blu-Ray burners on hand to back up 25 GB chunks at a time. This has lead me back to the organizational conundrum referred to before. 

    So yeah, I know many of you guys have been at it way long and with way more than I have. HOW do you archive your work?

  7. Through an artfully crafted narrative, powerful cast of superstars and stunning visual techniques, WHAT WE STARTED is the defining film of the electronic music genre.

    WHAT WE STARTED aims to establish itself as the defining film of the electronic music genre. Through an artfully crafted narrative, powerful cast of superstars and stunning visual techniques, the film delves into the highly popular world of electronic dance music, providing backdoor access to a widely misunderstood, self-driven and well-insulated industry on its way to global domination.

    Presently, the genre is booming at a pinnacle higher than ever before, however most do not realize that electronic dance music began as an underground movement that originated in America. The film sets out to illuminate this rich history: from its underground inception in the late 1980s in America to the musicians and fans of this genre that relentlessly fought for their rights around the world, both in the dance club and on the streets, to find a safe space to express themselves, to the development of this modern, mainstream revolution that has taken the world by storm.

    Specifically, and with unprecedented access, the film follows industry pioneers, like Carl Cox, who are juxtaposed by the journey of a young, superstar of today, Martin Garrix. These dichotomous journeys of past and present are carefully interwoven to illuminate all viewpoints and highlight the momentous and groundbreaking time that electronic dance music is experiencing presently, while also leaving open the question of what will happen next for this incredible genre of music.

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  8. The story of Bruce Haack is one of the most unusual and inspiring tales to ever enliven the world of popular music. In the 1960s and 1970s Haack set about recording a series of children's albums that bucked the trend for wishy-washy sentimentalism, and instead incorporated some edgy, experimental, and decidedly oddball concepts.

    The albums were very popular, picking up a cult following amongst adults, as well as the younger audience for which the records were originally aimed. Haack's experimental nature saw him eventually leaving the children's genre behind, and making several albums of his own music, such as HAACKULA and ELECTRIC LUCIFER.

    This documentary from Philip Anagnos shines a light on Hacck's unique career, illustrating how his forays into the avant-garde proved highly influential over musicians such as Beck, the Beastie Boys, and a plethora of electronic and hip hop based artists. Celebrity testimonials come thick and fast throughout, as does some incredible vintage footage of Haack demonstrating his art on various television shows.

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  9. This series features Performing artists developing works for performance. Emphasis is placed on the evolutionary process of an idea, the experimental stage, the possibilities that are discarded in the final shaping of the work. Also explored are the feelings of the artists towards their work, and the medium in which it is to be presented. Ideas generate before the camera - nothing is rehearsed.

    Artists Prepare was an NFU series that featured prominent performance-based artists of the time. In this episode 'sonic artist' Chris Cree Brown, discusses composing with new media and how he orchestrates particular sounds into formal compositional structures. Some sounds are made instrumentally, while others are recorded from his environment. In 1980 few classically-trained musicians in New Zealand experimented with synthesized sound and the gloriously large and sturdy equipment Brown uses to create his music will be of sure anthropological interest to many musos.

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  10. For over 13 years a bootleg rough cut has been circulated on DVD, but underground Hip Hop heads and bass enthusiasts alike will be happy to hear that they can readily view the much sought after film, 20 Hertz, online.

    What started as a Master's thesis to complete a degree in 2004, became a life long obsession for documentary filmmaker Will Deloney and his friends. Since completing graduate school the production team, Pixelated Ideas, continued conducting interviews and collecting footage about bass and low frequency sounds as part of an ongoing passion project. Primarily shot on mini-DV, the film has now amassed over 100 hours of interviews, performances, and jaw dropping examples of bass. Due to production starting before the days of HD cameras, affordable hard drives, and YouTube, managing the project over time has been a challenge. Daisy chaining an army of old hard drives into crash happy Final Cut 7 would be enough to make most filmmakers give up. Not us; we couldn't leave our low end friends hanging.

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  11. When someone asked if the Nord Modular could clone the Pearl Syncussion SY-1 drum machine, I had to give it a try. I worked out what I think are the two synth voices. The OSC Modes are too complicated for one patch and probably easiest to make by patching the OSC Modes manually and saving them as separate variation patches. 

    Some notes to note. Because all the parameters are exposed. This has more options than the SY-1.

    Based on the hardware interface (see below). I was not sure about a few things and have assumed the following:

    1. Width - patched to pulse width.
    2. Sweep Speed - patched LFO B mod Filter freq.
    3. Sweep Range - patched LFO B mod Filter amount.
    4. L.F.O. Speed - patched LFO A mod OSC freq.
    5. L.F.O. Range - patched LFO A mod OSC amount.
    6. S&H - patched to mod OSC freq.

    As for the modes. The easiest, most logical, way to handle that is make variation patches with the different mappings as follows - Oscillator modes:

    A = VCO 1 only
    B = VCO 1 modulates VCO 2 frequency, the latter routed to the VCF
    C = Both VCO to the filter but VCO1 at reduced level.
    D = EG 1 modulates VCO1, EG2 modulates VCO2. Both VCO to the filter
    E = VCO 1 modulates VCO 2 which has a sawtooth wave. VCO 2 to VCF
    F = Noise to VCF, no oscillators Z
    G = VCO 2 to VCF, EG 2 modulates VCO 2, VCO 1 modulates VCF
    H = VCO 2 with sawtooth to VCF
    I = VCO 2 with triangle to VCF Z
    J = Ringmod 1 to VCF
    K = EG 2 modulates VCO 2, Ringmod 1 to VCF
    L = LPF noise modulates VCO 2, which is routed to the VCF

    More Syncussion info here: http://hem.bredband.net/bersyn/Percussion/super syncussion.html

    Thanks to Ben Binary for the original post that got this going.


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  12. Eliane Radigue has been composing electronic music since the 1960s . She is one of the most important and innovative composers of the 21st century. As the only French composer of her generation, Radigue can be described as both a pioneer of electronic music and minimal music.

    Her music resembles a slow current that moves through dense, barely perceptible sound changes. A timeless architectonics of deep sounds that appeal not only to the mind or to the hearing, but to the whole body. A music that carries you away as soon as you immerse yourself in it. A music that has the enormous subtlety of the sound of the sea. Emmanuel Holterbach (Translated from the English by Gina Mattiello)

    supported by lower austrian culture, bm: ukk, ars electronica, ORF upper austria and federal chancellery: austria

    Eliane Radigue was awarded a Golden Nica in the category Digital Musics of Prix Ars Electronica 2006, international competition for CyberArts.

    The ORF produced a documentary TV programm about Eliane Radigue (© 2006 Ars Electronica GmbH / Prix Ars Electronica & ORF – Austrian Broadcasting Company) and friendly provided this material for the IMA fiction portrait #04.

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  13. Vangelis began his professional musical career working with several popular bands of the 1960s such as The Forminx and Aphrodite's Child, with the latter's album 666 going on to be recognized as a psychedelic classic.Throughout the 1970s, Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries, including L'Apocalypse Des Animaux, La Fête sauvage and Opéra sauvage; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream. In the early 1980s, Vangelis formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes, and the duo went on to release several albums together as Jon & Vangelis.

    In 1981, he composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The soundtrack's single, Titles, also reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was used as the background music at the London 2012 Olympics winners' medal presentation ceremonies.

    Having had a career in music spanning over 50 years and having composed and performed more than 52 albums, Vangelis is one of the most important proponents of electronic music.

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  14. This is a promotional film made in 1975 for the Moog Polymoog polyphonic synthesizer. It features artists such as Herbie Handcock, Mike Boddicker, and Chick Corea.

    “I’m a studio player and I like the poly because it’s fast to program and thus it saves me studio costs. But because it is easy to program it lends itself beautifully to live performance”

    “So with the polymoog I can see that it’s very easy to find just the settings I need for the compositions that I’m gonna do and have them there at a touch of a finger”

    “So here we have a dynamic keyboard and a polyphonic synthesizer that I can play with… BOTH HANDS“

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  15. A history of The Residents hosted by Penn & Teller. It contains excerpts from most of their videos and some are in their complete form. It also contains the complete "Don't Be Cruel" video, their performance of "From the Plains to Mexico" and "Teddy Bear" on Night Music, and other TV appearances. The Palace release is in the PAL video standard. The Torso release is in the NTSC video standard.

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  16. Speaking in Code is a character-based documentary directed by Amy Grill about people who are lost in the electronic music lifestyle.

    Shot in 11 cities and 5 countries, Speaking In Code provides a glimpse into the techno world through the eyes of Modeselektor, the Wighnomy Brothers, Philip Sherburne, Monolake and David Day. The film documents these characters' successes and failures over a three-year period, including the director's struggle to complete the film. Each storyline illustrates how communities cope with different kinds of electronic music obsession.

    Speaking in Code is an account of people who are lost in music. Director Amy Grill follows a series of characters (including her techno-obsessed husband) over a number of years as some struggle to make it while others thrive in the world of electronic music.

    The film reveals six intertwined character studies and raw vérité views of new music. It's a window into a world filled with warehouse parties, endless gigs, international travel, risks, inventions, triumphs and breakdowns.

    The characters are: Modeselektor, a producer duo, jettisoned from playing a tiny room in the US to playing to 20,000 people at the Sónar festival in Barcelona; journalist Philip Sherburne, who leaves America to find a more complete techno lifestyle in Europe; The Wighnomy Brothers, catapulted from their idyllic world in Jena, Germany to face their breaking point on camera; Tobias Thomas of Kompakt, who contemplates the near-end of his career; and Robert Henke (Monolake), an inventor of the Ableton software that many electronic musicians use to create their music, who continues his steady yet quirky approach to a life in music. While back in the US, David Day (Grill's husband) tries tirelessly to turn Boston from a rock-centric town to a techno city. Day's wanton attempts to make electronic music popular put strain on his marriage to the director.

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  17. Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream's bandleader and pioneer of electronic music, is looking for the ultimate sound all his life. The constant search leads him and his band members to worldwide success up to the Hollywood studios of Los Angeles. With his death in January 2015, Edgar Froese leaves 48 years of music history.

    The film shows previously unreleased film footage, shot by the bandleader personally: For the first time we see the band behind the scenes, both on tours in Europe and America, as well as the photo shoot with Jim Rocket or the holiday by the sea. Records and interviews with his wife Bianca Froese-Acquaye, with band members, close associates and artist friends trace the unique band story of "Tangerine Dream": a homage to the musician Edgar Froese and the era of electronic music.

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