In 2018 things really get going: NAMM, Frankfurt Music Fair, SynthFest France, SuperBooth, Moog Festival, currently Happy Knobbing. And soon also Munich. On June 2nd the KNOBS & WIRES Synthesizer Festival will take place – with exhibition, vintage exhibition, workshops and of course with live program. Place of the festival is the Kreativ Quartier München (Import Export & Mucca Halle), it starts on Saturday at 10 o’clock in the morning and ends Sunday at 2 o’clock in the morning.
Munich is not only a remarkable city, but also a historical place around synthesizers. “I Feel Love”, the first track recorded exclusively by electronic means, was produced here in 1977 by Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer. But 20 years earlier, electronic music pioneers such as Ligeti, Kagel, Boulez, Riedl, Pousseur, Cage, and Stockhausen had been exploring the basics of electronic sound synthesis in the Siemens Studio Munich.
Dark Energy III is – just like its predecessor Dark Energy II – a monophonic analog synthesizer with USB and MIDI interface. The entire sound generation and all modulation sources are 100% analog. While its strong filter is the same as that of DE II, there are some minor differences in the VCO / VCA / LFO area …
From year to year it gets harder to decide whether or not to go the “Musikmesse” in Frankfurt. There’s just too much stress there. Everything’s much too loud, there’s not really enough time for anything … and it’s expensive: parking fees, eating out, and so on and so on. So it’s amazing that every year I’m again glad to have been there. It’s not so much the instruments, it’s the musicians, it’s the people round about, it’s the special atmosphere of being one freak among many freaks, all afflicted with the same incurable illness. A great feeling …
We’ll begin our 2014 stroll at Synthesizer Magazin (a German magazine). A nice collection of (surprise, surprise!) synths to be seen there … most of them vintage instruments.
A workshop with Dieter Doepfer will be held at Musikhaus Hieber Lindberg in Munich on July 13th. The modular system A-100 will be the central topic, Dieter will touch on many modules, explaining their musical function. The German “Keyboards Magazine” will be present and will narrate the workshop. And there’ll be a general discussion to round off the program.
Continuing Report Part 1 – now to Doepfer. The A-100 monster modular system was stuck in a back corner of the Alex4 stand. Just looking at a system like this is food for the eyes, of course. And discovering even most of its musical potential would take a life time.