New Lisa Bella Donna Album, Photophobia, Conjures Paranormal Experiences, “Timeless Spaces”

This week, Synthesist and composer Lisa Bella Donna released a new album, Photophobia. The album uses Moog Modular System, ARP 2600, ARP Axxe, ARP String Ensemble synths to evoke a spooky vibe.

She says of the album tracks:

“These compositions are old stories from the late 70s & early 80s.

Reflections and impressions of a few real life paranormal experiences I had growing up in deep rural West Virginia. Far away journeys in timeless spaces. Transfigurations of twilight on hallowed ground. Astral apparitions. Everlasting passageways through the electronic forests…

Lifelong lasting impressions for sure. Come away with me…”

Photophobia is available for streaming (free) and purchase/download on Lisa Bella Donna’s Bandcamp page.

Robert Rich and Slow Music in a Manic World: A History of Deep Listening

The Stanford University Center For Professional Development has released a video of a recent virtual seminar with ambient musician Robert Rich. The session is entitled, “Slow Music in a Manic World: A History of Deep Listening.”

In the video, Robert Rich discusses the context for his personal style of introverted music, tracing a lineage of sound focused on a listener’s state of mind rather than the composer’s ego. He finds Pauline Oliveros‘ phrase ‘Deep Listening’ more useful than Eno’s term ‘ambient’. He’ll mix a casual overview of antecedents with many musical samples

The talk was part of a Computer Systems Colloquium series at Stanford. Hour-long(ish) lectures range in topic from climate change to blockchain to cryptocurrencies, conflict and technology, deep learning, Natural Language Processing, democratization of research funding, and all sorts of other nerdy stuff made accessible with explanations by experts in those fields.

The colloquium series is available on the University’s YouTube channel.

Robert Rich has helped define ambient music, with over 50 albums across four decades. Rich began building his own analog modular synthesizers in 1976, when he was 13, and later studied computer music at Stanford’s CCRMA while researching lucid dreaming. Rich has performed worldwide, and since 1982 his all-night Sleep Concerts became legendary. His three night-long recordings “Somnium” “Perpetual” and “Sleep Concert at Gray Area” maintain this tradition. Rich’s sound design graces many films and preset libraries, and as a mastering engineer he has applied his ear to hundreds of albums. Rich’s music, writing, and upcoming performance information are on the Robert Rich website.

UDO Audio & Hazel Mills – Daylight- Super 6

UDO Audio have recently shared another Hazel Mills video, this time performing her composition ‘Daylight’ using the Super 6 in both Keyboard and Desktop models:

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The Super 6 is a 12-voice synthesizer that’s designed so that it also can be used as a 6-voice binaural synthesizer, with each note having two independent synthesis paths. The result is different than sticking a chorus and reverb on the end of a mono channel because the synthesis process is different.

More information about the UDO Super 6 is available on the UDO Audio website.

Sound Magic Releases Cadenza Viola 2.0

Audio technologies developer Sound Magic has introduced Cadenza Viola Version 2.0, a hybrid modeling instrument for Mac (AU 32-/64-bit, VST 32-/64-bit) and Windows (VST 32-/64-bit). Cadenza Viola features an Italian handmade viola, powered by the latest Neo Orchestra Hybrid Modelling Engine.

Cadenza Viola Version 2.0 captures the Italian handmade Viola’s sound with “crisp, clean, unaltered details” free of reflections or coloring. Sound Magic stresses that they used the SSL 9000 series console, along with legendary U47 and M49 Neumann vintage microphones, to ensure vivid representation in each note.

Cadenza Viola Features:

  • Deeply sampled 22GB uncompressed content, Over 2,400 samples
  • Modeled Vibrato, Legato, Tremolo, Glide, and Glissando
  • Round Robin on most techniques
  • Innovative Performance Key Switch system
  • Embodied high-quality reverb and EQ
  • Comprehensive Envelope system
  • Scala Tuning System can emulate different tuning systems
  • DFD/RAM system enables users to relocate resources and ensure the best performance under every individual project
  • Different GUI mode for standard resolution and 4K resolution

Pricing and availability. Cadenza Viola 2.0 is available now, via the Sound Magic website, at an introductory $29 price (reg. $399).

Additional information and product specifications are on the Sound Magic website. Cadenza Viola has an intro price as $29