(sonicarts) midi and synthesis listening

We’ve typically been listening to composers outside of the pop/rock/electronica domain as we have worked through experimenting and transforming sound into new musical uses. For the purposes of the final project, it would be useful to listen to some artists who are primarily associated with the popular sphere of electronic music that work at creating interesting synthesis instruments used in interesting ways. I’ve listed some artists below, with links to YouTube. You can also find these albums on Spotify.

Amon Tobin, Richard Devine, Autechre, and Aphex Twin would usually be classified as IDM – Intelligent Dance Music. The moniker is somewhat insulting to other music, and people working in the field would certainly sub-categorize them. Autechre and Aphex Twin (Richard D. James) are mainstays of Warp Records. Brian Eno coined the term ambient music to describe his work, starting with Music For Airports. He’s also written about using the recording studio as a compositional tool, and created the 6-second startup sound for Windows 95 (working on a Mac). A former member of Roxy Music, he may be better known as a producer (U2, Talking Heads) and collaborator (David Bowie, Grace Jones, Robert Fripp).

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Amon Tobin

link to full album

Suggested tracks: Journeyman, Mass and Spring


Richard Devine
Risp LP

link to full album (there are many versions of Risp, as well as multiple versions of Plonked Spectral)

Suggested tracks: Plonked Spectral, Oxin2lin



Suggested tracks: Foil, Glitch, Nil


Aphex Twin
I Care Because You Do

Suggested tracks: Ventolin, Acrid Avid Jam Shred, Icct Hedral


Brian Eno
Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks

Suggested tracks: Under Stars, Matta




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