Sean O’Kane at The Verge: The company is releasing a limited run of newly-manufactured versions of its most popular modular synthesizers: the System 55, System 35, and the Model 15. Each synthesizer will be hand-made according to the original 1970s schematics.

Ted Gioia at The Daily Beast: Aspiring musicians nowadays spend lots of time at a keyboard — but usually they are making their tracks at a computer keyboard. Judging by the hit records and most-watched videos, it’s probably wiser to learn how to manipulate software and sound files than spend years mastering a traditional instrument….

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One-on-One with Chick Corea

I just signed up for this. I feel I could use some inspiration and insight right now, and who better to deliver this than Chick Corea. It’s amazing how even one or two new techniques or ways of thinking can influence your playing, practising and overall approach to music for years to come. I expect…

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Mailing list and free MP3

If you would like to get very occasional email notifications of what I’m up to, please do subscribe to the mailing list by entering your email address into the text field on the right (or at the foot of the page if you’re reading on a phone or tablet). When you confirm the subscription, you’ll immediately be…

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Late last year Queen released a previously unheard track from the archive. Recorded in 1983, ‘Let Me In Your Heart Again’ is a beautiful, if delightfully cheesy, ballad written by Brian May. Quite a few Queen demos have leaked online, but — save for a 1988 version with Anita Dobson on vocals — this track…

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One of the main reasons for setting up this blog was to give me a space to reflect on the process of creating and performing music. I’d like to document the various techniques I’ve tried over the years, the mistakes I’ve made and how I’ve overcome certain neuroses. Therapy for me and hopefully interesting and…

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