Fran Blanche of Frantone posted this fascinating film by Bernard Wilets, which looks at early electronic music, to her YouTube channel, and I just had to share it. The film features several people who went on to make their names in electronic music, including Rory Kaplan, Douglas Leedy, and Jean-Claude Risset. Be sure to look at some of the other really neat videos on her channel as well — she dives into some really geeky-interesting stuff there.
The Moog synthesizer seen in the video is nearly identical to the one that I first played during my brief college career, and it’s what cemented my interest in electronic music. I never got to try a Fairlight, though I have been able to obtain a copy of most of the commercially available waveforms for it that I can use with the updated Arturia Microfreak, the Elektron Model:Samples, the Korg Kronos, the OP-Z or PO-133, or with any number of software instruments at my disposal — even on one of my iPads! It’s amazing just how far electronic music has come since 1969…
In addition to her YouTube channel, here are a few more places to see what Fran’s up to:
Frantone on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/frantone/
Fran on Twitter – https://twitter.com/contourcorsets
Fran’s Science Blog – http://www.frantone.com/designwriting…
FranArt Website – http://www.contourcorsets.com