Electronic Music Links
Reason - Now on Version 2.5, this revolutionary
self-contained electronic music studio for the PC is my primary source of
developing, arranging and mixing new music. For a few hundred dollars you get
on your PC the software equivalent of THOUSANDS of dollars worth of synth,
sampler, drum machine and effects - equal in quality and without the mess and
complication of MIDI connections. These swedish guys have it TAPED!
Steinberg Wavelab - The professional software I use to lay
down, and equalise tracks for export to CD.
- A primary influence of mine, UK artist Ian Boddy has been developing
electronica for over 20 years, and now has his own label DiN, which
nurtures new talent. I began listening to Ian's music when I was a teenager and
have listened to him develop and mature greatly as a master of the art of
Mark Shreeve / Red Shift - Mark Shreeve, along with Ian Boddy,
is amongst the most notable UK electronic music developers and I was listening
to his early albums way back in the 1980s. More recently he teamed up with
his brother and two other musicians on the Redshift project, in which
they dusted off ancient 1960s moog sythesizers and mixed them in with more
modern samplers to produce a unique and excellent sound.
Vangelis - Perhaps the world's most famous
electronic musician (not including that French guy we won't talk about),
Vangelis has been producing his own classically influenced electronica since the early 1970s.
His sound is at once both instantly recognisable, and unique, and as
a modern Greek celebrity on the world scene, must surely outrank Nana
Mouskouri and Demis Roussos.
& Spoon - Old Skool DJ's Mark Spoon and Jam El Mar got
together on a number of superb dance/trance albums back in the 1990s, and have
influenced the more rhythmic and upbeat aspects of my music. In early 2004 they
are due to release their first album in over six years.
Music Direct (UK) - The best retail source of electronic
that I know. Their catalogue is huge, and their website is excellent, allowing
downloads of samples of most of their stock. Also an electronic music
(Germany) - A good source of rare and difficult-to-find new
and second-hand titles.
CD Universe (USA)
- Not a specific electronica provider, but through sheer general catalogue size
they have a good range of electronic music CDs available to buy.
Waveform Records (USA)
- An ambient/electronica label and retailer, based in Southern California.
IO Ambient - An internet radio station, Radio IO Ambient provide an eclectic mix of ambient, downbeat and general electronica that can be most agreeable.