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Tuesday, April 23. 2013

EMSAR 2013

Includes an evening concert celebrating the 80th birthday of electronic music pioneer Dr Peter Zinovieff.

Date: Saturday 11 May 2013
Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Professor Monty Adkins (University of Huddersfield), Dr Till Bovermann (Media Lab Helsinki), Professor Simon Emmerson (De Montfort University), Dr Mick Grierson (Goldsmiths), Professor Peter Manning (Durham University), Dr James Mooney (University of Leeds) and Dr Peter Zinovieff.

The symposium concludes with an evening concert celebrating the 80th birthday of electronic music pioneer Dr Peter Zinovieff, co-founder in the late 1960s of Electronic Music Studios, London, and collaborator with such composers as Harrison Birtwistle and Hans Werne Henze. Now enjoying a blossoming of compositional activity, this concert will include examples of Zinovieff's early work, as well as his most recent work in computer music. read more...

Monday, January 21. 2013

Edward Williams

Life on Earth : Music from the 1979 BBC TV series



The pieces were crafted scene-by-scene to synchronise with and complement the imagery on screen. The sounds were processed through an early British synthesiser, the EMS VCS 3, to create an evocative sound which Attenborough compared to chamber music.

"I started using the filters and voltage control of the VCS 3 on conventionally created classical sounds by the orchestra. It made possible all sorts of marvellous explorations of new sounds which could then be made into music."
— Edward Williams, speaking in 2009

The score was never intended to be released commercially, but Williams had 100 copies pressed as gifts for the musicians involved. One of these LPs found its way into the hands of Jonny Trunk, owner of independent label Trunk Records, who negotiated the licence from the BBC. The soundtrack was finally released on 2 November 2009...read more

Hi res. pic of E. Williams VCS3 ...here!

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Listen on bbc

Monday, October 31. 2011

EMS / Oramics to Electronica

London's Science Museum has a small exhibition called
"Oramics to Electronica" and EMS in the form of Robin Wood, Peter Zinovieff and Alan Sutcliffe have supplied a few exhibits for one of the display cases. (click on pic to enlarge!)

• Prototype Synthi E from c. 1974,


• The early keyboard for the Synthi A c. 1971
(fewer than 30 units were built according to Robin Wood)


• A dual ring modulator unit that belonged to Tristram Cary
c. 1969


via Yevaud.


Wednesday, April 27. 2011

NEW EMS Cornwall SYNTHI A






The front panel comes in matt aluminium.
No prestopatch socket anymore.
Different smaller joystick.
No PSU 110-240V switch anymore.

via Yevaud.
Tuesday, March 30. 2010

COMPUTER ORCHESTRA



www.britishpathe.com

Saturday, December 12. 2009

Lustmord & the EMS Synthi



For twenty five years from 1980 I used EMS synthesizers, originally a VCS 3 and latter a Synthi AKS, and they can be heard all over my work during that period. I also used them when I was involved with SPK, including live (the first two SPK albums featured Synthi's extensively). Coincidentally I also recorded the first Lustmord album at the EMS Putney studio (London) in 1981. I used only a few other synths over the years, a Roland unit, a Korg Wavestation briefly and a Waldorf Microwave, but all minimally as I prefer audio manipulation to synthesis. But the VCS3 and the Synthi AKS were a major part of my sonic arsenal. read more [here...]

Thursday, July 16. 2009

EMS Synthi Hi-Fli




• EMS Synthi HiFli
• Two Rock Custom Reverb Signature Amp
• Marshall 2x12" original greenbacks (1969)
• Suhr Custom Guitar (FL neck/middle SSV bridge)
• www.myspace.com/davidwaltermohr

Wednesday, July 1. 2009

Sonuus G2M & EMS Synthi A



via the synthi forum via magneticring.

Wednesday, November 5. 2008

EMS Synthi MK I AKS by ALKA

It was then last year in 2007 around this same time that I had an opportunity to buy a Synthi A Mk 1 from someone in NY. I was so excited when it finally arrived, it looked lovelier than the pictures, this being the first one I had ever seen in-person. My first reaction to the sound was that the oscillators seemed alive.. a pure sine wave with no treatment sounds like it could etch images in glass. Finally, this was the synth I had been looking for since I heard it's sounds, almost subconsciously, in my youth on BBC programs...thank you BBC Radiophonic Workshop. End of story?? not quite...read more here(...)







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