Synth Jam 49: Blade Runner (End Titles) Cover

Marcus Padrini from did a beautiful cover of the Blade Runner theme on his Korg Radias!

Video Description:

A simple version of a great classic from Vangelis. All the sounds played by Korg Radias, except the Timpani (MOXF6).

ExperimentalSynth & Friends - Improvisation

Chris Stack, aka experimentalsynth, had his friends Ben Hovey, and Sally Sparks over for an epic improv trio!

Video Description:

This is the first time Ben played with Sally and me and things just seemed to gel right away. Since I was mostly handling sequencing and background textures, I was able to shoot a bit of video and stills while we were playing. Instruments and tools used include: trumpet, Haken Continuum, (virtual) piano and Rhodes, Ableton, DSI Pro 2, Moog Voyager, Make Noise Shared System, Eventide H9, Borderlands, Animoog and probably a few other things that I've forgotten or was not aware of. I particularly enjoy how Sally's brassy Continuum timbres intertwine with and compliment Ben's trumpet work. And when you hear trumpet and Rhodes happening at the same time, it's because Ben was playing them at the same time. No overdubs here. All recorded live. An incredibly enjoyable musical experience that I hope we can soon repeat. - Chris Stack

ngarjuna - Captain Smartypants

YouTuber ngarjuna did another modular Acid jam, with Samplr and Patterning!

Video Description:

Modular Jam 68 - 'Captain Smartypants'
Produced by ngarjuna
© 2017 Acid Coast

Patch Notes:
First Acid Voice
Abstrakt Instruments Avalon VCA out to VCF-303 with help from AD Sequencer 1
modulated a smidge by Octocontroller LFO
Into uVCA enveloped by the VCF-303 ENV out
The LFOs is my fingers (on both cutoffs)
This was piped into the Synthrotek Eko RATE modulated by Sequencer 1 LFO

Subsequent Acid Voices
Same LFO setup

Olympia Noise Co. Patterning
You can see some of the poly-rhythm happening in the video (different step lengths for different instruments)

Samples and Scratches

Making music with Electromagnetic Fields

YouTuber Andrew Huang got his hands on an awesome new gadget! The LOM Elektrosluch 3+ from "somewhere in Europe" lets Andrew record the electromagnetic fields around him! He didn't find any ghosts, but this looks like a lot of fun and the device is only €100.

Video Description:

Every other electro song is a liar. Sad!
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Pre-recorded Cassettes' Last Stand

Techmoan brings us another "whoa, I had no idea that was going on" Music Technology History lesson. While cassette sales slumped in the early 90s, publishers started trying to make them actually sound good for a change. They succeeded, but not before we all bought CD players and completely missed their new tech!

Video Description:

In the 1990s cassette sales were falling just as their quality was improving. This video takes a look at some of the techniques used (including DIGalog) to make pre-recorded tapes sound better, with the hope of slowing their demise.

07:46 - "July 1992" (not July 2002)
07:55 - "August 1992" (not August 2002)

A cassette Loader In action:

Recording onto tape using pulses sent to the record head:
(CORRECTION: This video was one linked to in a discussion on this subject (which I don't really understand)..but it apparently shows something different - nothing to do with PCM pulses sorry)

US Recorded Music Sales Graph:

Discussion of DIGalog on

The clear tapes with red hubs came from
(But they've sold out of this colour now)

Duplication machine images from HDT duplicators
HDT are the largest manufacturer of audio cassette tapes in Europe.

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