Planning to do a story on The Mapper early next year. It was the game changer for my live performances in the late 80s.
From the switched-on archives:
Attention any and all fellow tech history fans – The Raymond Scott Archives has published a free 349-page compendium of Raymond Scott artifacts and ephemera, including previously uncirculated historic material, as a downloadable PDF. This is a fascinating read. Here’s one example:
(Click here and scroll down to read about my mind-blowing encounter with Scott.)
Just remembered that this past March marked the 50th anniversary of my first solo performance. Fugit inreparabile tempus.
(Full story here.)
Proud Dad –
Only 14 LPs left – get them while they’re red.
From the new album – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ5lH4gdYMg
New album out today!
Soon and very soon.
Back to the cosmos – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5sEA0cAwxg
Presenting a session with Herb Deutsch – “The Early Days of Music Technology in Performance and Education.”
Download the free Flannelgraph Winter Sampler here.
The rise and fall of a Swedish immigrant church in North Dakota.
100,000 hits – cheers for J.S. Bach.
Soon and very soon.
Starting another album project with Flannelgraph records. Stay tuned.
Joseph Muro (1918-2016). Requiescat In Pace.
Many projects underway for this year.
Just uploaded – very 90s.
A taste of things to come.
Hoping to get to Boston this weekend for Berklee’s tribute to Alan Pearlman. Here’s a very early recording from 1971 using the ARP 2600 Blue Marvin.
Unfortunately, this 44-year-old tape was not in very good shape – lots of dropouts. And hearing this makes me miss my Ampeg AEB 1 Scroll Bass – nothing else sounds like it.
(More information on my ARP journey here.)
In the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve –
Finally added an 80s photo page.
Forgot to announce some recently posted videos:
This one is a little tangential, but it was part of the journey.
Available for pre-ordering now on tape + digital at
Some early 80s synth/pop from the archives.
Only four copies left of the It’s Time reissue LP – thank you Flannelgraph Records!
Fun with synthesizers – a lot of noise trying to make a Korg sound like an OB-X.
How’s your German?
Another clip from the early Moog days –
It’s Spring, and a perfect time for some early 70s unreleased synth-pop!
Available April 14th from Flannelgraph Records.
Two more clips featuring music from 1987 –
Play like you don’t know how to play.
Another upcoming release thanks to Flannelgraph Records!
Thank you Pat Padua!
Recent uploads from the archives –
More roots –
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
(Si, Si) Je suis un retardataire –
Merci beaucoup Maxime Delcourt!
The Souffrances Et Extases Du Jeune Amour LP is finally out.
Vinyl available here.
Download available here.
I find it remarkable that this early music has been released. Thank you Jared Cheek and Flannelgraph Records!
Fun with synthesizers 30 years ago.
“After a morning on the golf course, Chuck Leavell and Don Muro stop by the Anaheim Convention Center to entertain businessmen in the music trade. Inspired by the enthusiastic response after their real-time fantasie impromptu based on Subotnick’s “The Wild Bull,” the gents proceed to serenade the crowd with a variety of licks and riffs showcasing the delicate sounds of the new Korg Poly-800 – the world’s first programmable/polyphonic/battery-operated MIDI synthesizer. Recorded in high-deaf VHS at the January 1984 NAMM show during those early, heady days of MIDI, when men wore strap-on keyboards with vigour.”
Music from the early Moog days (1970) – probably my first piece using a sequencer.
Additional information here:
And now for something different from the archives – performed 42 years ago this month.
A new release will be announced within the next few weeks. In the meantime, here’s a song from the Anthology LP (1981). The album will finally be re-released in early 2015.
Summer begins to fritter away. Here’s some summer music from 1974. Hot sun, cool evenings, and (usually) big waves at Robert Moses State Park.
Contemporary influences –
Guitar: Larry Coryell meets Randy Bachman
ARP Odyssey: Mike Mandel
Get your art here.
Some good things coming up in the next few months.
Today is the summer solstice – enjoy some vintage summer music from the vault.
Mark Vail’s new book, The Synthesizer, is finally available. This massive book is a great read, especially for those interested in synth history and the renaissance of analog modular synthesis. The book includes lots of technical information as well as personal stories and anecdotes from designers and performers. Check it out here.
It’s Time selected as Best Reissue of 2013 by Rob Peoni at We Listen For You. Thank you!
An amazing “Squash” remix by the inimitable Mighty Five!
Honored to be included in Fact Magazine’s 50 Best Reissues of 2013.
“Ussachevsky’s first experiments began in 1951 when the Columbia Music Department acquired an Ampex 400 tape recorder, which together with a microphone, a pair of earphones, and a borrowed Magnecord recorder, constituted the entire equipment of the first American electronic music studio.”
Thank you Jason Woodbury!
The It’s Time re-issue is now available in three formats: vinyl, CD, and digital download. Click here for information.
Composed for those times when clever lyrics, vogue beats, tired harmonies, equal temperament, tonality, and the overtone series just don’t work –
- Thanks to Andrew Gospe for his kind review of It’s Time in Seattle Weekly.
- There will be a limited number of It’s Time CDs available on October 14. Details coming.
- VERY excited about the possible album release of music from 1969 – 1976. Stay tuned.
for those of you without turntables – coming soon.
My first synthesizer.
For your summer listening pleasure:
Very sad news.
A versatile musician and a great synthesizer player – you only needed about five notes to know it was Georege Duke on Minimoog or Odyssey.
One of my favorite tunes from the early 70s.
From Flannelgraph Records –
As Geddy Lee sang a few decades ago, “catch the spirit.”
The Ampeg story is up.
Another chapter added. More coming.
- It’s Time was mastered for vinyl and CD At Masterdisk in NYC by the talented Alex DeTurk, Masterdisk’s ace lacquer cutter. The tracks have never sounded better, and it’s always fun to hear one’s music on a six-figure sound system. We decided to reject the loudness war games and to preserve the dynamic range of the original tracks. Alex asked me to bring in a copy of the original LP. When I gave it to him, he felt it, he studied it under the light, he even sniffed it. This man is serious about vinyl.
- It’s official – It’s Time (1977) is going to be re-released on vinyl. The album will be re-mastered for vinyl, CD, and MP3 downloads. More details coming.
- Still recovering from Gotterdammerung at the Met last night. Balancing it with Hubert Howe’s Inharmonic Fantasy No.2 – perfect.
- Finally getting facts and photos together. Here’s the first entry.
- The new site is up and running. Lots of content to to be added, so stay tuned.
- Some interesting developments concerning a re-issue. Will update asap.