Saturday, 14 February 2015

Synths, Stimmung & Serendipity

I saw Andy Bell of Erasure in a shop in Limehouse earlier today. No more than 5 mins later I passed conductor & choral arranger Gregory Rose coming out if the DLR. Two significant musicians of the 1980s, yes.

More than that though: I read up a little about Erasure on the train & learnt that they have recently run a 'synth gurning' competition, which involves making synth-like sounds vocally.

This is, of course, the technical territory of Gregory Rose, famous for his Stimmung recording with Singcircle on Hyperion.

Rose is also known for his association with Karlheinz Stockhausen, the German composer of experimental electronic music of the 1960s & 70s (this is the reason I know Gregory Rose from my work on Stockhausen's Mittwoch aus Licht for Birmingham Opera, for which he was a chorus master). Stockhausen is arguably one of the fathers of electronic-synth music whch Erasure made so popular almost exactly 30 years ago. How interesting to encounter these associated pioneers of musical sound on a grey afternoon in E14.

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