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 […]

Dec 062011
 
The Keyboard of the Year Project

Nearly a decade ago I began a pet project over at The Keyboard Corner forum at Musicplayer.com (an excellent keyboard community that I highly recommend). Basically, I set out to establish a synth history of sorts based on what instrument defined each year. Here’s a link to the thread. So, for each year in question, […]

Nov 232011
 
Twenty-One Moogfest 2011 Awards

From the viewpoint of one attendee of Moogfest 2011 (me), here are twenty-one awards from Moogfest 2011: 1. Best Music Technology Immersion Award – The Moogaplex: Not only a synth-geek haven (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but three full afternoons of great insight into the past, progression, and future of music technology. And […]

Dec 212009
 
The End of an Amazing Decade, Part 1: The Marriage of Hardware and Software

I came across a thread in the Keys, Synths, & Samplers forum on Harmony Central in which people were discussing what significant music-related trends/events had occurred in the first decade of the 21st century (2000-2009, the “aughts,” or better yet, the “naughties”). I began writing a post for the thread, and the more I thought […]

May 232009
 
My Bittersweet Moog Journey, Part 5 (conclusion)

(continued from Part 4) Now that I had decided to start at square one with the Minimoog Voyager, the synth whose analog circuits have a touch of magic about them that gives it a rich sound full of character, the only question was when would the purchase make sense. And after the trials and tribulations […]