Oct 312014
 
What's that synth? John Carpenter's Halloween (1978)

Last night, I saw Halloween (the original 1978 film by John Carpenter) at the movie theater for the very first time, and found myself wondering what synth(s) were used in the soundtrack. Read on for the surprising answer. My teen years having taken place in the ’80s, I’d enjoyed watching pretty much every classic slasher film […]

Mar 252014
 
Synth Degrees of Separation - Apple's Siri and the Kurzweil K250

Any time I’m researching synthesizer history, I’m astounded by the connections I find. With this in mind, I’m starting a series of posts inspired by the “Six Degrees of Separation” philosophy. In each installment, I’ll (hopefully) illuminate an interesting and little-known connection to synthesizers. We’ll call it Synth Degrees of Separation! For this first installment, let’s […]

May 292013
 
Giorgio Moroder Tells His Story On New Daft Punk Track

  The new Daft Punk / Giorgio Moroder collaboration on Daft Punk‘s new album, Random Access Memories, is not only a great track, but it tells a great story too, courtesy of Moroder’s autobiographical voiceover. Moroder’s dialog not only gives insight to his start in electronic music, but frames the music in the track perfectly […]

Apr 252013
 
Eurythmics Sweet Dreams Synth Part - How'd They Do That?

There are well-known synthesizer parts that are relatively easy to re-create and play. Some of these, like “Jump” (Van Halen), “Axel F” (Harold Faltermeyer),  “Separate Ways” (Journey), and “The Final Countdown” (Europe) will trigger instant groans and eye-rolls from synth fiends like me (especially if they worked around keyboards in a music store in the […]

Feb 202013
 
The End of an Amazing Decade, Part 2: Music Production Technology Matures

In what could perhaps be the longest gap ever between multi-part blog updates, I’m finally going to continue my recap of the last decade and just how amazing the changes that took place over that timeframe were. While the first part focused on the convergence of hardware and software companies and the drastic consolidation that took […]

Dec 072012
 
Micro-Key Snob Hypocrite? That's Me!

I’ve watched the growing micro-key keyboard trend with some disdain. “But they’re not full-size keys,” I say. They’re compact, even playable, but … I just realized I’m a hypocrite. Let’s back up a bit first. So where did the micro-key trend start? The lineage of the current line-up of micro-key keyboards is most easily followed […]