Moog Announces Re-Release of Modular Synthesizers with Film, “Back to the Future Sounds”

Earlier this year, Moog Music Inc. announced a limited re-release of three modular synthesizers. The three mod-synth models, which were originally manufactured back in 1973, include the System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15.

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To celebrate this announcement, Moog uploaded a short film to their Youtube entitled, “Back to the Future Sounds,” which chronicles the history of the modular synthesizer.

This 20 minute short is a time warp, alternating between gritty, retro, sci-fi cutaways and recent interviews at the Moog Factory, held with a range of electronic musicians from Dick Hyman to Holy Ghost.

So be sure to plug in your highest quality headphones or monitors, as Moog suggests in the video, for the “proper listening experience,” and enjoy.

Our Music Synthesis class can guide you through the new world of music synthesis. Times certainly have changed, but the synthesizer, created in 1876, isn’t going anywhere.

Watch Modulations Online

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Create Digital Music recently stumbled upon the Modulations documentary. One of a few critical stories exploring the deep and wide genre, it collectively known as “electronica” when first engaged by American audiences.

Modulations is quite extensive.

Karlheinz Stockhausen, Danny Tenaglia, Robert Moog, Carl Cox, Pierre Henry, John Cage, Derrick May, Giorgio Moroder, and Arthur Baker all appear here.

Subtitled “Cinema for the Ear” it’s worth 73 minutes of your day to wander through the long history of “electronic music.”

There’s lots of different ways this new evolution of music can mean money in your pocket. Schedule a tour and let us show you what we mean.

FactMag’s Top 10 Music Making Apps for iOS

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The newest software to add to your arsenal of musical creativity: iOS.

The iPhone and iPad are well known for being extremely user friendly, but when it comes to using them as instruments, they can be extremely daunting and complex. Luckily, FactMag has complied a handful of apps that make producing music on these devices easy and fun.

1. Garageband ($4.99)

It’s certainly not high tech or flashy software, but it was never supposed to be. Garageband keeps things simple and is a great tool for learning the basics of production.

“For those wanting to make use of those apps that have been collecting on your iPhone, there’s nothing better.”

2. Beatwave (Free)

The interface of Beatwave is a 16X18 grid of squares, each of which activate musical notes. While the software might not seem too deep on the surface, it has the potential to be a very useful tool once it is mastered.

3. Casio Chordana Composer ($4.99)

This app is perfect for the person with zero production experience. All you have to do is sing or hum a melody into the microphone, and the app will turn it into a full track. While controversial to say the least, this app is certainly a lot of fun if and requires very little work to make a decent sounding final product.

“The idea of an app that takes all the skill out of creating a track might seem beyond the pale to some, but if you’ve got no issues with letting an algorithm take all the fun out of things then Casio’s Chordana Composer is for you.”

4. Keezy (Free)

Keezy is essentially an 8-track MPC sampler. It’s extremely user friendly and comes with 15 pre-recorded soundboards already installed. However, the most exciting feature of this app is the ability to record you own soundboards using the mic on your iPhone or iPad.

5. Korg iKaossilator ($14.99)

When Korg first released the original Kaossilator, it was one of the first touch screen synths on the market. However, it quickly became irrelevant with the creation of the iPad, which could create a lot more sounds for the same price. Being the innovators that they are, Korg just modified the Kaossilator by changing it from a full blown machine into an app. While the preset synths are far from sophisticated, this app still provides hours of button mashing musical fun.

“Some of the presets are pretty cheesy, but there’s something pretty satisfying about being able to play a brostep bassline with all the wobble you could possibly desire.”

6. Moog Filtration ($6.99)

Like all of Moog’s devices, the secret of its success lies in the ladder filter. This app is a bit tricky for beginners, but if you’ve ever wanted to put your own recorded sounds through an LFO filter using an on board oscillator, this is the app you’ve been looking for.

Click on through to Fact Magazine to find out the final four in this comprehensive list.

The world of music is progressing faster than ever, and with apps like these, its never been cheaper or easier to create original content. To truly master the art of production, sign up for one of our March and April courses!

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Workshop 2/20: The History Of Synthesis Before Moog

To kick off our new classes on hardware based music production, Mmmmaven is excited to offer the first in a series of free workshops about the history of synthesis. We’re starting from the very beginning this week, focusing on the pre-1960’s electronic music production from before Moog brought us into the modern era.

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” – Winston Churchill

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More than just a lecture, attendees will have the chance to hear original recordings, watch videos, and see an exclusive demonstration on a vintage synthesizer. There will even be a chance for aspiring producers to test out their skills on one of these historic machines.

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We look forward to seeing you this Friday!

More information is available here

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